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Dueling maps of abortion protesters, clinics raise privacy questions




Anti-abortion activists cheers upon hearing news that they have been granted an audience with the Pope as they protest outside of a Planned Parenthood health clinic 28 July 2005 in Washington, DC. The group had walked from Maine,to Washington, DC protesting at pro-choice health clinics along the way.
Anti-abortion activists cheers upon hearing news that they have been granted an audience with the Pope as they protest outside of a Planned Parenthood health clinic 28 July 2005 in Washington, DC. The group had walked from Maine,to Washington, DC protesting at pro-choice health clinics along the way.
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The abortion-rights group, Voice of Choice, has come under fire for posting the names, home addresses, phone numbers and social media accounts of anti-abortion protestors to an online map on its website.

On the website of Maryland-based group, the protesters are labeled as “bullies,” and photos of each person complements the personal information.

Todd Stave, the founder of Voice of Choice, is a landlord at a women's health clinic in Germantown, Md. that performs late-term abortions. Stave says he decided to create the map after protesters showed up at his kids' school waving anti-abortion banners. Stave’s map is modeled after an anti-abortion website that lists doctors and clinics that perform abortions on the site AbortionDocs.org, run by the organization Operation Rescue.

In the latter case, no personal information is posted, just locations of clinics and doctor's offices. Still, protestors are known to protest at doctors’ homes.

Is Stave's decision to post personal information on his site a violation of privacy? Do the people on the site have a right to have their information taken down? People have the right to protest, but should they also expect privacy? Does "fighting fire with fire" hurt the abortion-rights movement?

Guests:

Todd Stave, entrepreneur and creator of VOChoice.org, the site which lists pro-life protestors.

Matt Yonke, Communication Director for Pro-Life Action League, also listed as a “bully” on the Voice of Choice map.