North Carolinians wanting vanity license plates with a “Choose Life” message may have been granted a victory on Monday thanks to the Supreme Court.
Monday’s decision in Berger v. American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina reversed a previous federal court ruling that deemed the “choose life” licenses plates unconstitutional, since the state did not provide an option that supported abortion rights. The “choose life” plates were to be sold for $25, with $15 going to the Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship before the ACLU successfully blocked the plates.
“The First Amendment does not allow groups like the ACLU to suppress a state’s positive message just because the state does not also simultaneously approve a conflicting negative message,” said Steven H. Aden, senior counsel for the Christian legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom. “Citizens of North Carolina have the freedom to promote messages on their vehicles that their legislature has expressly adopted through license plate legislation.”