POSTED: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 5:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 9:24pm
EL PASO - An anti-abortion billboard is the talk of the town in Alamogordo. The man behind it claims the mother of his unborn child killed their baby, and despite a legal challenge, he's not backing down.
Greg Fultz says he wanted a child more than anything, but his girlfriend told him she lost the baby. Even though he still doesn't know exactly what happened, Fultz shelled out $1,300 to express his beliefs in a very public way.
"I'm a controversial person," Fultz said. He and his now ex-girlfriend met while working at a theater on New Mexico State University's campus.
"For six months the relationship was good we never had any problems or issues," he said. After six months of dating, he says his girlfriend told him she was pregnant, which he describes as "both terrified and thrilled at the same time."
He said his girlfriend was eager to get married immediately, but he wanted to wait. He added that his girlfriend then changed in the blink of an eye.
"She gives me this ultimatum, either you have to give up this baby or it's over between us," he said, but he wouldn't consider abortion or adoption.
"We had talked about co-parenting as platonic parents," he said.
But the day of a scheduled sonogram, Fultz said his ex-girlfriend sent him a text saying she lost the baby.
"Don't you think you should've let the father know that something was going on?" he asked.
Even though he admits to this day he doesn't know whether his ex-girlfriend had a miscarriage or an abortion, he says he felt scorned.
"I posted a picture I had made on Facebook for my friends and whatnot to mark the would-be birth of the child," Fultz said.
The Facebook picture soon turned into a billboard, with a picture of Fultz holding the outline of an infant, saying, "this would have been a picture of my 2-month old baby if the mother had decided to not kill our child." Right to Life New Mexico originally endorsed the billboard but pulled its support, saying they did not receive full disclosure about the situation when asked to come aboard. Fultz tells us he let the organization know that he did not know exactly what happened.
Fultz put the billboard up on one of the busiest roads in Alamogordo. But just last week his ex-girlfriend went to court to try to get him to take it down. Fultz says the billboard is staying.
His attorney, Todd Holmes, tells us Fultz's ex-girlfriend has filed a restraining order against the billboard. But Holmes says this wont get very far in court.
"You can say and publish whatever comments you want," he said. "The billboards not coming down. I'll tell you, my client says he's willing to go to jail to stand up for his first amendment rights."
"I've had over like 600 friend requests," Fultz said of his newfound popularity - or perhaps notoriety - on Facebook.
Despite the positive and negative reaction he's gotten, Fultz says he has no regrets.
"It sheds light on important matters that I believe strongly in," he said. "Where would we be today if we backed down from controversy?"
We've tried to get ahold of the attorney for Fultz's ex-girlfriend but she hasn't returned our calls. Now it's up to a district court judge to decide if the billboard stays or goes.
We'll let you know what happens.