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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

North Carolina’s ‘choose life’ license plates unconstitutional: Appeals court

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  • North Carolina's “Choose Life” license plates have been ruled unconstitutional by a U.S. Appeals Court today.
  • A three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that such license plates violate the First Amendment, because the state does not also give residents the chance to purchase a license plate with a pro-abortion message.
  • The bill authorizing the pro-life plates, H.R. 854, became law in September 2011 after legislators voted down six amendments to offer competing plates bearing messages like “Respect Choice.”
  • State drivers could see $15 of their $25 specialty plate fee fund the Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship, a coalition of 76 crisis pregnancy centers that serve more than 3,000 women each year.
  • But the law never went into effect, because the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit.

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