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Free Speech? Man's Billboard Ad Rips Ex-Girlfriend's Abortion

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A New Mexico man is apparently very upset over his ex-girlfriend's decision to abort their child, and he wants everyone to know about it. So he put up a billboard in their town, which has now sparked a battle over free speech vs. privacy rights.

According to an Associated Press report, the billboard on the main drag in the town of Alamogordo shows Greg Fultz holding the outline of an infant, the text reading, "This Would Have Been A Picture Of My 2-Month Old Baby If The Mother Had Decided To Not KILL Our Child!"

The ex-girlfriend, whose name has not been released, nor is it on the billboard, sued Fultz for harassment and violation of privacy. A domestic court official recommended that the billboard be removed.

But Fultz's lawyer is fighting the order, saying it violates Fultz's free speech rights.

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"As distasteful and offensive as the sign may be to some, for over 200 years in this country the First Amendment protects distasteful and offensive speech," attorney Todd Holmes said.

He added, "My argument is: What Fultz said is the truth."

But it may not be. The woman's friends say she had a miscarriage, not an abortion, according to a report in the Albuquerque Journal.

Regardless of whether it was a miscarriage or an abortion, the lawyer for the woman said the billboard is causing her client severe emotional distress.

"Her private life is not a matter of public interest," Ellen Jessen told the Alamogordo Daily News. "Nobody is stopping him from talking about father's rights. But a person can't invade someone's private life."