Where’s the crime here?

Where’s the crime here?

Just what is an “abortion service” and what kinds of activity are permissible under that service idea? That is the crux of a lawsuit brought against a Louisiana man who advertised in the phone book and counseled women who called not to have an abortion. A judge has ruled against him and ordered him to shut off his phone. The newspaper calls what he has done a “sham abortion clinic.”

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval granted a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit against William A. Graham, who was accused of listing the business phone of his Causeway Center for Women under “Abortion Services” and making misleading statements aimed at delaying women until it was too late for them to get legal abortions.

Among other accusations, the lawsuit brought by an abortion rights organization alleges trademark infringement because Graham lists his phone number directly below the listing for the similarly named Causeway Medical Clinic, which has provided abortion services since 1978.