ACLU Sues North Carolina Over Anti-Choice License Plates

Want to be able loudly to proclaim your respect for women’s reproductive rights while you’re driving about town?  The American Civil Liberties Union is trying to make that a reality in North Carolina, suing the state for allowing “Choose Life” license plates but rejecting all pro-choice equivalents.

ABC News reports:

[T]he lawsuit alleges that the State is engaging in unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment,” the ACLU said in a news release.

“This is a basic issue of freedom of speech and fairness. It is a fundamental tenet of the First Amendment that the State cannot use its authority to promote one side of a debate while denying the same opportunity to the other side,” said Katherine Lewis Parker, Legal Director of the ACLU North Carolina Legal Foundation.

The ACLU is asking that the state stop manufacturing the anti-choice plates until the issue is settled.

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  • reproductivefreedomfighter

    Excellent.  I would love the option to contribute a couple of dollars, and if antis are represented, we gotta be too. 

  • rachel-larris

    Can someon in NC remind me what was the hold-up of a creation of a pro-choice plate in North Carolina? Was it something that had to be passed by their Legislature or something like that? I thought the issue wasn’t so much that they actively blocked a plate that was trying to get put into production, more like there was a “cradle-death” of any real thought of creating one. Last I looked I thought Virginia was one of the few states that required a legislature to pass a bill for the creation of a speciality license plate, which had been pro forma until their “Trust Women” plate in 2009. And even then, at the last minute the antis in the the House of Delegates tried to make sure that Planned Parenthood got no money from the sale of the plates…which was fortunately stripped out in conference with the Senate bill.

  • freetobe

    A liscense plate? I mean really. i guess they are the loud obnoxious ones who love to FORCE their control on everyone else. FORCE an evil thing an evil word. An evil world.

    I choose life everyday my own!! I also do not beleive in war or the death penalty and I am a vegan. beat that you hypocritic little trolls who live under a stinking bridge in muck.

  • lapidarion

    There’s an initiative underway in Massachusetts for a pro-choice plate, for those who are residents thereof:

  • beenthere72

    While I support this and think it’s awesome,  I’d worry that my car would be vandalized or something worse by extreme anti-choicers.   I’d stick with my Right Whale plates.   Everybody likes whales!


    I saw my first Choose Life plate the other day.  I just sneered.

  • prochoiceferret

    I’d stick with my Right Whale plates.   Everybody likes whales!


    Except, of course, those who are wary of the vast right-whale conspiracy. Watch out for plankton!

  • beenthere72

    LMAO!   Can always count on you for a good laugh, Ferret.