Ebay re­moves anti-abor­tion items

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - AUCTIONS - By ROX­ANA HEGE­MAN

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

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