Activist on Trial for Abortion Doc 'Wanted Posters'

Flip Benham denies posters are a threat
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2010 5:54 AM CST
Flip Benham, director of Operation Save America, leads a group of anti-abortion supporters in prayer outside Mississippi's Jackson Women's Health Organizatio.   (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, file)

(Newser) – Is putting up "Wanted" posters with the names, photos, and address of doctors who perform abortions protected free speech, or a threat? A North Carolina court will be faced with that question when anti-abortion activist Flip Benham goes on trial today, charged with stalking and violating a new state law against targeting individuals at their homes, NPR reports. The minister and his group, Operation Save America, put up the Old West-style posters in the neighborhoods of four doctors who perform abortions.

Abortion-rights advocates say the posters are unquestionably a threat, noting that the last time such posters appeared, in the late '90s, three targeted doctors were murdered. Benham insists that the posters are merely a tool to inform the community about who is performing abortions. "If you read the writing in there, it's wanted by Christ," Benham says. "We want them to meet Jesus."

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