Republicans at the North Carolina legislature want the nation's highest court to review a ruling barring the state from issuing anti-abortion license plates unless they provide a similar option to pro-choice motorists.
Lawyers for House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger Sr. petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court Monday to decide whether a 2011 law creating a state "Choose Life" license plate is constitutional.
A three-judge appeals court panel ruled unanimously in February that the license plate violated the First Amendment because the state refused to offer similar plates for those supporting a woman's right to have an abortion.
The office of Democratic state Attorney General Roy Cooper had defended the law in federal court, but declined to appeal the February ruling citing slim chances of prevailing in court.
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