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Judge finds NC ‘Choose Life’ plates unconstitutional

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 supporting abortion 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 issue while 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.



 Sexy If its unladylike, fattening or fun, I'm in!
  

by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 12:15 PM
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parentalrights1
by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 4:41 PM
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Quoting gammie:


why don't you start worrying about teaching boys to wait to have sex instead of shaming the girls. That might help alot more
AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Dec. 10, 2012 at 6:19 PM
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I know. It's like talking a wall, or worse, a cat.

Quoting FromAtoZ:


Quoting gammie:

Saying you want to kill a baby because it's your freedom of choice is not the same.


Quoting ashellbell:

So, freedom of speech only applies to your side of the argument?





Quoting gammie:

I have a problem with pro-choice to me that means you can kill your baby . This not a choice. Now if they the pro-choice group would educate women about protecting their body and how to use Birth control I would support them too.

But killing a baby is not a choice!

I UNDERSTAND ABOUT RAPE this is why education is important. Go to a hospital and report the rape.



Quoting FromAtoZ:


Quoting gammie:

NO i would take it back to court it's freedom of speech.


Did you read the entire article?

Would you have a problem with Pro Choice plates?





I am truly sorry that you cannot comprehend what is right before you.

There is no getting through to those who wish to keep their minds closed.  But really, all that does is shut out reality and well, some are not capable of handling reality.

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AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Dec. 10, 2012 at 6:29 PM
Yes it is against the law.
But abortion isn't against the law.
See how the logic doesn't automatically lead us to "Choice is murder." from a legal standpoint? Murder is wrong and illegal but abortion isn't murder in this country and with the exception of a really short amount of time, it wasn't something most legislatures wanted to deal with.
That is until the push from male doctors to restrict childbirth to their expertise and driving out the midwives. They used abortion as an excuse then too because women can't be trusted to make good decisions without a man looking over them. Midwives knew about birth control and abortion so they were labelled as baby killers to push them out of the profession. It worked.


Quoting gammie:

You still have freedom to do whatever you want but killing a baby is not right. Murder is against the law.


Quoting ashellbell:

That's your OPINION. And it's still covered under freedom of speech. Freedom for one means freedom for ALL. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean you get to pick and choose who is afforded certain rights.





Quoting gammie:

Saying you want to kill a baby because it's your freedom of choice is not the same.



Quoting ashellbell:

So, freedom of speech only applies to your side of the argument?








Quoting gammie:

I have a problem with pro-choice to me that means you can kill your baby . This not a choice. Now if they the pro-choice group would educate women about protecting their body and how to use Birth control I would support them too.

But killing a baby is not a choice!

I UNDERSTAND ABOUT RAPE this is why education is important. Go to a hospital and report the rape.




Quoting FromAtoZ:


Quoting gammie:

NO i would take it back to court it's freedom of speech.


Did you read the entire article?

Would you have a problem with Pro Choice plates?









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lga1965
by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 6:32 PM

 Oh for goodness sake. This is truly unbelievable. You are making yourself sound like "the second coming".....you really believe that "you are only thinking of what is best for women" and "preventing them from sinning"? Yikes!

Quoting jehosoba84:

 

Quoting parentalrights1:

Quoting jehosoba84:


it isn't about having plates in favor of abortion. It's the fact that people want to endorse the right to choose and leave the choice to the woman. Some will say the current plate endorses choice but it is just bs. And you are right not everyone believe in god and not everyone wants to carry pregnancies to term

 By being opposed to 'choice' we are (in vain) trying to prevent others from sin. Christians may not always act like it, but many of us really do have your best interests at heart. And no, I do not mean your worldly intrests. I mean your souls. 

The truly sad fact is that we will always face opposition because you do not understand our position. You say "How can you in good conscience deny the freedom to choose to another person?" It's for the good of your soul. And like I explained in a previous reply, I will never be able to explain the joy and inner peace one has when you've accepted the will of God. Once you've done that, you no longer need the right to choose.  Believe it or not, we want everyone to experience this joy.

 

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!
lga1965
by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 6:34 PM

 

Quoting parentalrights1:

Quoting gammie:


why don't you start worrying about teaching boys to wait to have sex instead of shaming the girls. That might help alot more

 You're right!  Moms need to raise their sons to be gentlemen. And teach them to respect women.

Woodbabe
by Woodie on Dec. 10, 2012 at 6:36 PM

And yet stats prove that 1 out of 4 American girls/women will be a victim of one or the other in their lifetime...still.

Quoting gammie:

Rape and  abuse is against the law.


 Sexy If its unladylike, fattening or fun, I'm in!
  

Woodbabe
by Woodie on Dec. 10, 2012 at 6:39 PM
Quoting gammie:

You still have freedom to do whatever you want but killing a baby is not right. Murder is against the law.


Yes, murder IS against the law.

Abortion is not.

Therefore...Abortion is not murder.

 Sexy If its unladylike, fattening or fun, I'm in!
  

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Dec. 10, 2012 at 6:41 PM
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Yup

Everytime I see choose life

I think of George Michael in hot pants and pink fingerless gloves

Am I the only one ?


Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 After reading the entire article, I have to say that I agree with the judge's decision.

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JakeandEmmasMom
by Platinum Member on Dec. 10, 2012 at 6:46 PM
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OMG. I looked at that pic of him today on Facebook, and all I could think was, "How did we ever deny that he was gay?! It couldn't have been more obvious if he had started making out with his boyfriend right there on stage!"

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Yup



Everytime I see choose life



I think of George Michael in hot pants and pink fingerless gloves



Am I the only one ?




Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 After reading the entire article, I have to say that I agree with the judge's decision.

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sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Dec. 10, 2012 at 7:03 PM
I know right?

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

OMG. I looked at that pic of him today on Facebook, and all I could think was, "How did we ever deny that he was gay?! It couldn't have been more obvious if he had started making out with his boyfriend right there on stage!"



Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Yup





Everytime I see choose life





I think of George Michael in hot pants and pink fingerless gloves





Am I the only one ?






Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 After reading the entire article, I have to say that I agree with the judge's decision.

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