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Choose Life plates ruled unconstitutional

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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.



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by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 12:15 PM
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wenchmommy381
by Wenchy on Dec. 10, 2012 at 7:03 PM

1. I'm not sure I'd want to see the illustration for an abortion rights license plate.

2. If the motto "Choose Life" is good enough for Wham!, it's good enough for me.

(And because there are philistines who do not bask in the glory that is 1980s George Michael...)

gammie
by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 9:22 PM
Ha ha that is funny!


Quoting Woodbabe:

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.


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Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Dec. 10, 2012 at 9:36 PM

 This

Quoting ms-superwoman:

I agree. It's all or nothing.

 

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NWP
by guerrilla girl on Dec. 10, 2012 at 9:47 PM

With all respect, this part in red has been used to commit terrible atrocities on entire cultures and groups of people. It is full of hubris and not something I believe that God supports.

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.


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caito
by Silver Member on Dec. 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Lmfao I live a few minutes from the capital and I had no idea this stuff was going on.

The comments on the local news site are HILARIOUS

AliKatCam
by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 10:20 PM

I agree with the judge

Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Dec. 10, 2012 at 10:24 PM
What isn't clear about that?


Quoting jehosoba84:

 In order for this to have even come in front of a judge, someone had to have seen this plate and say to themselves..."Hey, that's not fair. I should able to support abortion if she can support choosing life." I don't understand this world.


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ashellbell
by shellbark on Dec. 10, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Oooohhh do you have a link? I wanna see!


Quoting caito:

Lmfao I live a few minutes from the capital and I had no idea this stuff was going on.

The comments on the local news site are HILARIOUS


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caito
by Silver Member on Dec. 10, 2012 at 10:38 PM

I'm seriously surprised at the amount of NC'ers supporting the judge's decision. But every now and then you'll get someone saying "OH LET'S JUST CREATE A PLATE THAT SAYS CHOOSE DEATH HURRRR" There's over 500 comments :)

http://www.wral.com/share/page/1896337/?id=11861952

Quoting ashellbell:

Oooohhh do you have a link? I wanna see!


Quoting caito:

Lmfao I live a few minutes from the capital and I had no idea this stuff was going on.

The comments on the local news site are HILARIOUS



Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Dec. 10, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Maybe maybe not. But it's legal in the US & talking about it is freedom of speech. You want your 1st Amendment right, quit enfringing on others' 1st Amendment rights. We aren't discussing the act of abortion here. We are discussing debating abortion. If you shut up your opponent, you must be shut up as well.


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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