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Bitter ex-boyfriend puts up billboard of ghost baby, accuses ex of abortion

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Thirty-five-year-old Greg Fultz of Alamogordo, New Mexico has rented a billboard in the main thoroughfare of the town accusing his ex-girlfriend of aborting their unborn child. The sign depicts Fultz holding the outline of an infant with text beneath reading, "This Would Have Been A Picture Of My Two-Month Old Baby If The Mother Had Decided To Not KILL Our Child!" Needless to say, his ex-girlfriend was less than charmed and has taken him to court for both harassment and violation of privacy.

While no one is disputing that this is a dick move, underwritten, no doubt, by creepy anti-choice organizations, Fultz maintains that he's got every right to publicly shame his ex to bring attention to his point of view. To support his right to "very unpopular offensive speech," he relies on the recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of Westboro Baptist Church and their right to protest funerals of fallen soldiers. Though it seems, to my rational mind, like aligning yourself WBC might be the first sign you're on the wrong path.

The billboard does raise many questions regarding protection of free speech and how it must be balanced with protection of individual privacy. After all, the right to choice established in Roe v. Wade was really just an extension of a women's implied constitutional right to privacy. Is the billboard a legitimate, albeit controversial, way to draw attention to "father's rights" in the abortion debate? Or is it simply a large-scale version of slut-shaming?