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Judge finds NC ‘Choose Life’ plates unconstitutional
5 years ago

Judge finds NC 'Choose Life' plates unconstitutional

RALEIGH, N.C. – A federal judge has ruled it is unconstitutional for North Carolina to issue pro-life license plates unless the state offers similar plates supportingabortion rights.

U.S. District Court Judge James C. Fox ruled on Friday that North Carolina cannot produce or distribute the “Choose Life” plate.

Judge Fox concluded, “The State’s offering of a Choose Life license plate in the absence of a pro-choice plate constitutes viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment.”

The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation had filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina in Sept. 2011 on behalf of North Carolinians seeking a specialty license plate that supports a woman’s right to reproductive freedom.

“This is a great victory for the free speech rights of all North Carolinians, regardless of their point of view on reproductive freedom,” said Chris Brook, legal director of the ACLU-NCLF.

Brook said the government cannot create an avenue to express one side of a political issuewhile denying an equal opportunity to citizens with an opposing view.

Judge Fox granted a preliminary injunction in Nov. 2011 that temporarily blocked production of the “Choose Life” plate; that injunction is now permanent.

During the 2011 legislative session, the North Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill 289, which authorized the issuance of a “Choose Life” license plate.

However, officials say the legislature repeatedly refused to authorize a plate that supported the countervailing position in favor of reproductive freedom.

Six amendments were proposed in the legislature to authorize an additional new plate that stated either, “Trust Women. Respect Choice,” or simply “Respect Choice.” The legislature rejected all six amendments.

Click here to read the full ruling (.pdf)

5 years ago

This Judge needs to be FIRED!!!! Permanently kicked off the bench for the rest of his life!!!! What an evil monster he is!!!!!!!!!!!

5 years ago

Who are they kidding!?!? There is so much anti life - abortion- supportive information out there now and they have the guts to claim there can't be any pro life support liscense plates made with out MORE abortion supports!?!? God help us!!!!

5 years ago

Pro Life....Pro Christmas....Pro Marriage between a man and woman.....on and's like any conservative beliefs are non important and over ruled by liberals.  This is what we can expect for the next four years.....right now, the Republicans are being blamed for not voting along with the we even have a chance to fight all of this anymore?

5 years ago

So much for free speech in America eh?

5 years ago

It's GONE Cam! All because of our idiotic liberals/socialsits.communists/worthless hateful immoral people in this country!! They are nothing but pure damn bullies who think they can get their way but being mean, inconsiderate, thoughtless, selfish and then idiot Judges give them their way! As far as I am concerned they are all well on their way to hell!!!

5 years ago

I wouldn't care anymore at this point if the repubs ever voted along with the dems again.-as long as Obama is in there. I'm sick and tired of his baby ass whining, and their baby ass whining, sure am sick to hell of seeing his lying face talk about working across the aisle with repubs, and sounding like he is such a chummy guy willing to work together, when he is a lying azzhole, willing to do anything but that!!!

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