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ACLU plans to appeal 'Choose Life' plates [Tennessee]
AP ^ | 3/30/6

Posted on 03/30/2006 3:20:00 PM PST by SmithL

NASHVILLE — The American Civil Liberties Union will likely appeal a recent ruling by a federal appeals court, which allows Tennessee to offer anti-abortion license plates bearing the message "Choose Life."

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati earlier this month overturned a lower-court ruling that said the tag illegally promoted only one side of the abortion debate.

The ACLU and other plaintiffs have until Friday to file an appeal for a hearing before the 6th Circuit, according to Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the ACLU of Tennessee.

They would have another week to ask judges to keep a court order in place that bars the state from making the plates, she said.

The tags have been on hold since the Legislature approved them three years ago because of the legal challenge by ACLU and Planned Parenthood.

Julie Oaks, spokeswoman for the Department of Safety, said the agency will not manufacture the plates until the court order is lifted and the legal matter is resolved.

Even then, it would still be at least two months until the plates could be sold at county clerk offices. And during that time, the plates would be made and the nearly 1,200 people who preordered them would be contacted, she said.

Anti-abortion state lawmaker Rep. Glen Casada, R-College Grove, said he doesn't think the ACLU or other groups should delay getting the plates on the road.

"They're playing it too safe," Casada said. "Just because there's a chance for appeals, there is no reason to stop what the 6th Circuit said was OK to do. It's time to move forward."

Abortion-rights proponents have complained the state does not offer those with other political views a similar way to express them — citing an attempt to create a "Choose Choice" tag failing in the Legislature in 2002.

Federal appeals courts have been divided over whether such license plate programs are constitutional.

Last year the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a lower-court ruling that said similar South Carolina license plates violated the First Amendment. Tennessee is the 13th state to offer "Choose Life" plates.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: aclu; attacklawyers; choice; chooselife; feminism; licenseplate; now; prochoice; reproductiverights; stoptheaclu

1 posted on 03/30/2006 3:20:02 PM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Great, the same time that ACLU stops getting government support.


2 posted on 03/30/2006 3:22:24 PM PST by Steamburg (Pretenders everywhere)
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To: SmithL

"which allows Tennessee to offer anti-abortion license plates bearing the message "Choose Life.""

I had a choice between fish and chicken for lunch. I chose fish. According to the logic of this article, I'm anti-chicken.


3 posted on 03/30/2006 3:22:36 PM PST by L98Fiero (I'm worth a million in prizes.)
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To: SmithL
Cut funding this hate filled anti American organization, publish the face of each member. Our tax $ are funding these hate mongers.
4 posted on 03/30/2006 3:23:40 PM PST by boomop1 (there you go again)
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To: SmithL

"Abortion-rights proponents have complained the state does not offer those with other political views a similar way to express them — citing an attempt to create a "Choose Choice" tag failing in the Legislature in 2002."

So their plate would be an aborted baby with the slogan 'choose death'? Actually as gross as that is it is a good idea. Show these people for what they really are.


5 posted on 03/30/2006 3:26:41 PM PST by samm1148
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To: Steamburg

I'm sure if there was a "Support Choice" plate, the ACLU would be right there suing for a "Right to Life" plate.

Sure.

And if there was a "Conserve the Environment" license plate, I'm sure the ACLU would be right there to demand "Drill for Oil NOW" plates or "Drain the Swamps!" plates.

Right.

Well, I hope our justice system can continue to see through this fraud. There should be some way to make the ACLU pay for this idiocy.


6 posted on 03/30/2006 3:29:59 PM PST by KingKenrod
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To: SmithL

Ha, I'm in FL and I'd like to see them TRY to take my Choose Life plate....
susie


7 posted on 03/30/2006 3:32:07 PM PST by brytlea (I'm not a conspiracy theorist....really.)
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To: SmithL

Why is the ACLU against choice?

Oh that's right . . . it's life that the ACLU is opposed to.


8 posted on 03/30/2006 3:32:44 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: SmithL

What is the ACLU's case? If they are for defending American Civil Liberties and free speech, how does this action fit into the plan?


9 posted on 03/30/2006 3:33:59 PM PST by Cinnamon Girl (OMGIIHIHOIIC ping list)
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To: SmithL

I'm with the ACLU. "CHOOSE DEATH BY MUTILATION" plates should be made available immediately!


10 posted on 03/30/2006 3:36:49 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: boomop1

Our tax $ are funding these hate mongers.

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Isn't it the same group of people that made the choice to fund illegal aliens in this country, the same group that made the decision to fund the ACLU ???

Your Congress at work again!!!!


11 posted on 03/30/2006 3:38:46 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: SmithL
I am all for equality.

Let's offer a plate that says Choose Death with a grim reaper as the back ground.

Fair is fair.

12 posted on 03/30/2006 3:41:33 PM PST by llevrok (Vote Conservative First.)
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To: SmithL
I am surprised ACLU hasn't attacked New Hampshire's "Live Free or Die" license plate.

It sure sounds like a call to arms to me. :-)
13 posted on 03/30/2006 3:43:50 PM PST by cgbg (When you hear the words "gender" or "stakeholder" run for your life!)
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To: SmithL
A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati earlier this month overturned a lower-court ruling that said the tag illegally promoted only one side of the abortion debate.

Life.

Or Death!


14 posted on 03/30/2006 3:44:49 PM PST by rocksblues (Illegal Immigrant racist here.)
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To: SmithL
The American Civil Liberties Union will likely appeal a recent ruling by a federal appeals court, which allows Tennessee to offer anti-abortion license plates bearing the message "Choose Life."

How is "Choose Life" anti-abortion?......Choosing life is just another CHOICE just like abortion is!

What a bunch of satan lovers we have here. Right is wrong, up is down, black is white...and if you don't support abortion, you'd better SHUT UP or the ACLU will sue your pecker off.

FMCDH(BITS)

15 posted on 03/30/2006 3:45:31 PM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: brytlea
You must be a guy named Sue, 'cause from all I hear it's us guys who want to tell women what to do with their bodies, and we could only understand if we had to be pregnant for nine months.

ML/NJ

16 posted on 03/30/2006 3:52:30 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: ml/nj

Interesting concept, but no, I'm not. I do wear my hair short tho, does that count?
susie


17 posted on 03/30/2006 3:54:56 PM PST by brytlea (I'm not a conspiracy theorist....really.)
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To: SmithL

Yup, that's exactly the kind of image that makes the ACLU recoil in horror, just like Dracula recoils from the cross.

18 posted on 03/30/2006 3:55:10 PM PST by rhema ("Break the conventions, keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: SmithL

Yeah, allow a "Choose Choice" license plate with the remains of any abortion, partial-birth, saline, or whatever. Unless the pro-abort crowd is ashamed of what they favor, they should be proud to display the bloody result of the removal of an "Obligate Parasite."

They should display it with honor. Heck, we taxpayers are already subsidizing this slaughter anyway.

Can't imagine what they'd put on their plate. "Choose Choice" superimposed over ______________________ . I can't imagine.


19 posted on 03/30/2006 4:03:47 PM PST by laweeks (I)
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To: llevrok
Let's offer a plate that says Choose Death with a grim reaper as the back ground.

Those plates would be be a huge hit. Every teenage Nihilist goth kid would have them on their cars.

20 posted on 03/30/2006 4:07:32 PM PST by Drew68
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To: ml/nj

A boy named Sue? lol


21 posted on 03/30/2006 4:15:28 PM PST by darkangel82
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To: Jay777

ping


22 posted on 03/30/2006 4:15:57 PM PST by darkangel82
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To: Drew68
Those plates would be be a huge hit. Every teenage Nihilist goth kid would have them on their cars.

I don't see too much difference between them and the FemiNazi's, honestly.

23 posted on 03/30/2006 4:26:43 PM PST by llevrok (Vote Conservative First.)
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To: L98Fiero

24 posted on 03/30/2006 4:46:17 PM PST by infidel29 ("We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." --Benjamin Franklin)
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To: SmithL
ACLUers are narrow minded blue-noses who seek the suppression of all speech they deem "offensive".

The full force and might of the US government should be brought to bear against the ACLU as an enemy of the people.

25 posted on 03/30/2006 5:45:00 PM PST by muawiyah (-)
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To: SmithL
"Choose Life."

By objecting the ACLU demonstrates that "pro-choice" is a lie (babies never choose to die).

26 posted on 03/30/2006 10:56:29 PM PST by AndyTheBear (Disastrous social experimentation is the opiate of elitist snobs.)
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