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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.



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

by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 12:15 PM
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caito
by Silver Member on Dec. 10, 2012 at 10:40 PM
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Lol for real.

Quoting Bookwormy:

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.



ashellbell
by shellbark on Dec. 10, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Off to get.my rocks off! I looooove reading stuff like this!


Quoting caito:

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





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la_bella_vita
by Bella on Dec. 10, 2012 at 11:50 PM
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 I'm not a fan of political items on cars. I don't like to advertise my feelings.

gammie
by on Dec. 11, 2012 at 12:34 AM

Lol


Quoting PhoenixsMommy10:

I don't know of any women who have "sleeped" around.

Now some women have SLEPT around...


Quoting gammie:

I made my choice I always protected myself and never sleeped around.  I respected my body!!


Quoting ashellbell:

That's what choice means to you. Aren't you glad you get to make that CHOICE?





Quoting gammie:

Choice means to me to respect my body and not kill a baby.

We are going to go into another subject.

Quoting jaxTheMomm:

So you would advocate that it's also freedom of speech to have plates that read "Respect Choice"?



Quoting gammie:

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








jacquih1126
by Member on Dec. 11, 2012 at 9:10 AM

I live in NC and I, personally, don't get offended when I see these plates....however, I agree with the judge. License plates are state propery, it is inappropriate to support one stance without the other. Our legislators were out of line. The opposing options were not "support abortion", but something like "support reproductive choice". This license plate should never have been made. Abortion is too controversial a topic. This from the same state that passed a constitutional amendment against gay marriage, even though it was already illegal. Yeah, our legislature thinks it doesn't have better things to do.

frogbender
by Captain Underpants on Dec. 11, 2012 at 9:20 AM
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What?! My state is being reasonable? Very awesome. I knew there was logic around here somewhere. 

witchybabymomma
by Member on Dec. 11, 2012 at 11:05 AM

 equality in choices for everyone not just those who believe the same as you <3

GoddessNDaRuff
by Silver Member on Dec. 11, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Fair is Fair. If these idiots out here want the pro life version people should be able to get the pro choice version. NC has way bigger damn problems than abortion. How about fix the damn school systems.

KamWorthy
by Silver Member on Dec. 11, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Reminiscent of little league players crying foul because they lost the big game, so the coaches can't give out the winning trophy without first giving the losing team something as well.
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.

gammie
by on Dec. 11, 2012 at 1:20 PM

This true so you would have to agree.


“Once [the state] gets in the business of accepting money for phrases on the [license plate], they have to make a variety of phrases available,”

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