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eBay Halts Anti-Abortion Activists' Sale

Online auction house eBay says it has begun removing listings of several items put up for sale by anti-abortion activists trying to raise funds for the man accused of killing a Kansas abortion provider.

The San Jose, California company said Monday the items violated its listing policies.

Activists say at least 10 items were removed. But some items from supporters of Scott Roeder could still be found on eBay as of Monday afternoon.

One of the items still up for sale was a worn Bible that had belonged to Shelley Shannon, the Oregon woman who shot and wounded Tiller in 1993 and was later convicted in a series of abortion clinic arsons and bombings.

Perhaps to fool keyword searches and foil efforts to take down the items, their descriptions demarcate the names of key anti-abortion figures' names (for example, S.c.o.t.t R.o.e.d.e.r or Re-gin-a Din-wid-die).

Dr. George Tiller, a longtime target of protests at his Wichita clinic (one of the few where late-term abortions are practiced), was .

Roeder, 51, is charged with first-degree murder in Tiller's death and is being held without bond. His trial has been scheduled for January.

Roeder's supporters say they were putting the items on eBay to raise money for his defense. They had planned to auction off items including an Army of God manual, an underground publication for anti-abortion militants that describes ways to shut down clinics, including bombing.

Also on the auction list was a prison cookbook compiled by Shannon.

Last week eBay announced it would prevent their sale, believing the items violated the online auction site's policy regarding materials that "promote or glorify violence, hate, racial or religious intolerance."

The company said in a statement, "We do not allow items that encourage, promote or instruct others to engage in illegal activity and will not be a platform for those who promote violence toward others."

Dave Leach, a Des Moines, Iowa, abortion opponent who had been organizing the sale, said last week that the auction's aim was not to glorify violence, but to help Roeder afford his rightful court defense.

Leach said the items "have historical value in the history of freedom of speech in the pro-life movement."

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