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."