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Abortion from the Father’s Perspective: Freedom of Speech or Revenge?

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Abortion is something many men deal with, as well as women. While some men may never know their (ex) partner has terminated their child, others do. Some are accepting and even supportive, others are devastated and they generally have little or no recourse.

Except perhaps one very unusual action by the ex-boyfriend of a woman whose pregnancy ended, as well the relationship.

Greg Fultz, a 35-year-old New Mexico man ordered a billboard to be placed in his town that showed a photo of him with the outline of an infant, with the headline "This Would Have Been A Picture Of My 2-Month Old Baby If The Mother Had Decided To Not KILL Our Child!" placed on the billboard in large lettering. He and his attorney are fighting removal of the billboard under the constitutional laws of free speech. While Fultz’s lawyer agrees that some of the wording is hateful or offensive, it is still allowed under these laws.

His ex--who did not have an abortion, but a miscarriage, according to a friend-- disagrees and is fighting his right, in order to protect her own right to privacy. The woman’s attorney has stated that her client has not told her how she lost the pregnancy but it wasn’t the point. The point is that a person’s personal life and medical history cannot be invaded and made public.

Fultz’s ex-girlfriend won her order to have the billboard removed but he has stated he will fight the order, using the same Supreme Court decision that allowed the infamous Westboro Baptist Church to picket the funerals of fallen soldiers as well as the funerals of gay men and women.

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What do you think of this case? Do you think fathers of unborn children should have rights when it comes to the decision to have an abortion?

Edited by Alison Stanton

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EmpowHER Guest

it takes 2 people to begin a pregnancy, why only 1 to end it?

June 22, 2011 - 9:14am
EmpowHER Guest

If she miscarried, how did she 'choose' to kill the baby?

This guy is kind of an idiot and a dick. He also has way too much free time/disposable income.

June 14, 2011 - 12:32pm
EmpowHER Guest

What a horrible thing to do.

June 14, 2011 - 11:02am
EmpowHER Guest

Fathers asking for rights over a fetus are basically asking for rights over a woman's body, and asking for rights concerning her private, personal medical history and medical decisions. Nobody has those rights over another person. And nor should they.

I can get that some fathers essentially feel jealous over women and their biology. But nobody asks for the plumbing they were born with. Women don't ask to have the capacity to carry children, and should never be forced to continue a pregnancy that takes permanent physical and psychological tolls on them. Being jealous over women's ability to carry a child isn't a reason to give men rights over female bodies.

If men get legal rights to a woman's body and reproductive biology, it's only fair that women get rights to theirs as well. If you have the right to force me to carry out a pregnancy, I have the right to force you to get a vasectomy, even if you don't want to. It's only fair.

June 14, 2011 - 7:24am
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