In New Mexico, a man is attempting to smash to pieces the existing standard for being the worst ex-boyfriend ever. Greg Fultz, 35, paid $1,300 to have the above billboard hung on White Sands Blvd. depicting, as you can see, an image of what a great father he would have been if only his ex, Nani Lawrence, hadn’t had an abortion. The sign reads: “This Would Have Been A Picture Of My 2-Month Old Baby If The Mother Had Decided To Not KILL Our Child!”
As it turns out, no one, including Fultz, actually knows the circumstances surrounding the loss of the pregnancy; Lawrence’s friends have said that it was a miscarriage, and even Fultz admits that he doesn’t know what happened:
“…if it was abortion [emphasis ours], then my purpose is to try to prevent this from happening to someone else.”
Of course, it doesn’t matter whether the accusations are true or false; what Fultz is doing is despicable either way.
Anyway, last week, a domestic court commissioner advised that the billboard be taken down by June 17 and that a protective order be issued for Lawrence, but Fultz says that he’ll keep fighting for his right to continue to publicly violate the rights of his ex.
In explaining to the Alamogordo Daily News what he’s using as legal precedent to defend Fultz’ right to keep the billboard up, Fultz’ lawyer, Todd Holmes, cited the Supreme Court decision made earlier this year that ruled in favor of Westboro Baptist Church. You know, the group that protests military funerals with anti-gay hate speech:
“Very unpopular offensive speech,” [Holmes] said. “The Supreme Court, in an 8 to 1 decision, said that is protected speech. Even though those people were sickened and felt harassed, that is free speech.”
I mean, honestly, guy? If that’s the group you’re willing to be affiliated with in order to make your point, maybe it’s time to reconsider what you have to say.
The billboard also originally had the endorsement of the Right to Life Committee of New Mexico, but upon finding out that Fultz actually didn’t know whether or not an abortion took place, they revoked their support.
For Lawrence’s part, her lawyer, Ellen Jessen, maintains that Fultz’ billboard violates her client’s privacy. She told the News:
“…Fultz’s right to free speech ends where Nani Lawrence’s right to privacy begins…her private life is not a matter of public interest.”