Skip to comments.Justices decline Tennessee tag case [Choose Life License Plates]
Posted on 06/26/2006 10:21:25 AM PDT by SmithL
WASHINGTON The Supreme Court refused Monday to consider appeals from abortion rights groups wanting to block states from issuing car license plates bearing the message "Choose Life."
About a dozen states allow drivers to pay extra for the specialty car tags to show the car owners opposition to abortion.
Justices said they would not look at tag laws in Louisiana and Tennessee.
Abortion opponents contend they have a free-speech right to broadcast their own views on their car tags. Proposals to offer car owners an alternative "Choose Choice" plate failed in both state Legislatures.
A federal judge ruled that Louisiana's system for issuing specialty plates is unconstitutional because the Legislature decides who gets the tags and the money.
That decision was overturned by a federal appeals court panel, which found that the challenge amounts to a tax dispute that belongs in state court. And by an 8-8 vote, the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reconsider the case.
A federal judge had found that Tennessee's tag wrongly promoted only one side of the abortion debate, but the decision was overturned by an appeals court.
Justices have refused in the past to deal with similar disputes. Last year, the high court let stand a lower court ruling that said South Carolina's license plates, which bear the slogan "Choose Life," violate the First Amendment because abortion rights supporters weren't given a similar forum to express their beliefs.
The cases are Keeler v. Stalder, 05-1222, New Life Resources v. American Civil Liberties Union, 05-1483, and American Civil Liberties Union v. Bredesen, 05-1389.
there is something called Bumper Stickers too
I love mine: Terrorists are cowards
Choose death should work for balance.
"chose choice" how dumb. why not just call them as they are "chose death"!
Amazingly enough, the blue state of Maryland has such a tag.
I don't know. "Choose choice" sounds so stupid it kind of makes fun of them in a non-morbid way.
isn't it? choose choice.. hmm Life -or- Choice(DEATH) hhmmm... LMAO
Agreed. Let them use it, and people with any functioning brain cells will see them for what they are.
""chose choice" how dumb. why not just call them as they are "chose death""!
Whenever I am asked if I am pro-choice I always say "YES".
Then I say I choose life.
How dare anyone say the pro-choice people are really pro-abortion! Ha1.
Also the pro-choice TRIED to get a license plate. But they couldn't get enough supporters (signatures). Then they said, "The government is unfairly being biased." They can't get, so no one can. Whiners.
ABORTION STOPS A BEATING HEART
So this means I'm finally going to get to have my pro-life plate in TN?
"ABORTION STOPS A BEATING HEART"
down I25 near Erie Colorado there is a sign
that says, "ABORTION STOPS A BEATING [heart symbol]"
the first time I saw it, I about caused a wreck. locked up the brakes and was on my way to rip it out.
was absolutely convinced it said "ABORTION STOPS A BEATING"
I still chuckle every time I pass it.
They can't because abortionists are all about masking their true agenda.
Good choice by the Supreme Court. It's a state issue and they don't need to be involved.
DJ, have you gotten your license plate yet? :)
Bryant and Hilleary can easily expose Corker for the fraud he is by obtaining the Choose Life license plates.
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