Earlier this month I reported on Greg Fultz of New Mexico who put up a billboard ad saying his ex-girlfriend had an abortion against his wishes which touched off a legal debate over free speech and privacy rights.
Now Fox News is reporting that a state district judge Thursday ordered Greg to immediately take down a billboard that implies his ex-girlfriend had an abortion. State District Judge James Counts issued the ruling as part of protective order the woman sought after Greg Fultz, 35, took out the sign on the city’s main thoroughfare in mid-May.
Fultz’s ex-girlfriend has taken him to court for harassment and violation of privacy. A domestic court official had recommended the billboard be removed.
But Fultz’s attorney said his client is adamant about protecting his free speech rights and will appeal. “He said he is prepared to go to jail for this,” attorney Todd Holmes said. “His position is that this billboard is not really about her. It’s about his statement of fathers’ rights.”
It was unclear if the woman had an abortion or a miscarriage. Her attorney, Ellen Jessen, said earlier this month that she has not discussed the pregnancy with her client because that was not the point. The central issue is her client’s privacy and the fact that the billboard has caused severe emotional distress, she said.
Heaven forbid the woman suffer “severe emotional distress” from a billboard that doesn’t mention her name. I’m glad to see this man make a fight for his rights and those of his lost child.