U.S. judge bans 'choose life' on car license plates

"Choose life" license plate 
By: Hydar Tomar 

(Scroll down for video) People waiting to get their anti-abortion car license plate will just have to move to another state, after the latest court ruling.

A federal judge has permanently blocked North Carolina, from issuing an anti-abortion specialty license plate, saying that the supply of plates with a "Choose Life" slogan without a pro-abortion license plate is unconstitutional.

The lack of a plate promoting reproductive freedom in the State constitutes "viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment," Senior U.S. District Judge James C. Fox said last week.

The judge previously granted an injunction sought by the American Civil Liberties Union of North
Carolina, which had argued that the state should not allow the distribution of special plates that offer a unique perspective on the abortion debate.

"This is a great victory for the free speech rights of all residents of North Carolina, regardless of their views on reproductive freedom," Chris Brook, legal director of the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation, said on Monday.

"The government cannot create a way to express one side of a political issue while denying equal opportunities to citizens with the opposite view," he said.



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