Federal court rules North Carolina ‘Choose Life’ license plate unconstitutional

February 12, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. – North Carolina’s anti-abortion license plate is unconstitutional because the state doesn’t provide the same forum for motorists on the other side of the contentious issue, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

A three-judge panel of the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a federal judge’s ruling that the “Choose Life” license plate is unconstitutional.

Lawmakers approved the anti-abortion plates in 2011 and rejected proposals to offer plates with messages “Trust Women” and “Respect Choice.” That constitutes “blatant viewpoint discrimination squarely at odds with the First Amendment,” wrote appeals court Judge James A. Wynn, who is from North Carolina.

“Today’s ruling protects the right of North Carolinians of all political beliefs to have equal access to avenues for free speech,” American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina attorney Chris Brook said in a written statement. Brook, who urged the appeals court to strike down the specialty plate at a hearing in October, said the ACLU would have taken the same position had the state authorized a plate only for abortion-rights supporters.

  • hpinnc

    Well, I’m not sure about that Mr. ACLU attorney Chris Brook. The democrats are all the time promoting their liberal/socialist agenda, & time after time the ACLU seems to side on the same side as the democrats & their liberal causes.

  • CTH

    How did we get so many damn fool idiots in the federal court system? Oh, yes , they were put there by unknowing or venal presidents.

  • greyhound44

    F Judicial INSANITY!!
    ALL LAWYERS need to be eliminated!!

    • CTH

      It is not the lawyers who need to be eliminated. It is the progressive / socialist / communist politicians who put the likeminded idiots on the courts.

      • hpinnc

        CTH It’s called “birds of feather flocking together,”

  • PatriotGal

    So, if anyone sports a university or NFL/AFL tag on their cars, the government must now make ones that say – the NFL/AFL, university should lose! What a crock of manure.

    • hpinnc

      Above all, we must be POLITICALLY CORRECT.

  • Ballistic45

    What F–king Constitution are they using?

    • hpinnc

      Their on interpretation. It says what they want it to say.

  • B White Eagle

    This Federal Court just violated the 1st Amendment which doesn’t say that the other side of the issue must be represented!!! This plate obviously was popular and no one seemed to show an interest on the other side of the issue in enough numbers to validate the “other” plate to be made available!!! This is stupid politics by a Federal Court stepping out of it’s bounds!!!

  • cripesm

    I hope that we (NC) fight this because according to the Constitution, everything not contained is under the jurisdiction of the states. WE THE PEOPLE are sick of the courts performing legislation.


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