Court Hearing Over "Choose Life" License Plates

A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments in a case over whether North Carolina can allow people to purchase special anti-abortion license plates.

A hearing in the lawsuit has been set for Monday in Wilmington. The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is suing to block the plates from being issued.

The group says the plates, which say "Choose Life," violate the First Amendment because there's no specialty plate for supporters of abortion rights.

Twenty-nine states either already make "Choose Life" plates available or have approved such plates but have not manufactured them.

But the plates have a mixed record when it comes to court challenges, with some judges ruling states can sell them and others siding with challengers who say the plates are unconstitutional.

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