Ebay removes anti-abortion items
ONLINE auction house eBay has removed items that were posted for sale by anti-abortion activists trying to raise money.
Supporters of Scott Roeder – one in Kansas City, Missouri and the other in Des Moines, Iowa – posted various items late last Sunday in separate eBay auctions, including an Army of God manual, an underground publication for anti-abortion militants that describes ways to shut down clinics.
After about five hours, eBay removed 10 items, acti- vists said. The final two items were removed by late Monday afternoon.
San Jose, California-based eBay said the anti-abortion memorabilia violated its listing polices.
“Today, eBay removed several listings on our site that violated several of our policies, including our offensive materials policy. This policy prohibits items that promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance, or promote organisations with such views,” eBay said. The company would not say how many or which items it removed.
Roeder is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the May 31 shooting of Dr George Tiller at his Wichita church.
Anti-abortion activists are trying to raise money for Roeder, who has had public defenders appointed but was considering hiring private lawyers. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Among the last items removed from eBay was a worn Bible once owned by Shelley Shannon, an Oregon woman who shot and wounded Tiller in 1993, and was later convicted in a series of abortion clinic arsons and bombings. The other was a signed book of religious teachings written by Ohio anti-abortion activist Michael Bray.
Those two items were posted by Iowa activist Dave Leach, who said he escaped the initial purge by eBay because he deliberately used misspellings and other devices to make the items difficult to find.
“Because of eBay’s promise to take it down, all I wanted to accomplish is to make it so it would at least survive long enough for eBay’s lawyers to look at my article and hopefully decide I am not their enemy,” Leach said. – Sapa-AP