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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  • by Disgusted Location: ENC on Nov 29, 2011 at 12:12 PM
    What happened to freedoms in this country? I see nothing wrong with people choosing these plates for their personal vehicles. Maybe it would make young women stop and think before ending a precious life. There is always adoption. Remember, children are gifts from God.
  • by Logic on Nov 28, 2011 at 04:57 AM
    So using their logic there should not be Humane Society plates.
  • by DIXIECHICK Location: ENC on Nov 28, 2011 at 04:02 AM
    Why should this even be an issue? There are other plates out there that not everyone agrees with, but they're still out there. UNC fans don't appreciate the NCSU plates, so what is wrong with showing that you believe in saving a life?
  • by Alpha Location: Lenoir County on Nov 28, 2011 at 03:03 AM
    To have something taken away because there is no opposing view is in its own right Unconstitutional. As long as there remains a process for the "take Life" view to obtain their plate this should not be a court issue. The ACLU needs to get a life. Or lose it. (both views)
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