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Justices decline Tennessee tag case [Choose Life License Plates]
AP ^ | 6/26/6 | GINA HOLLAND

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.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: chooselife; licenseplate; moralabsolutes; ruling; scotus; sweet
Your choice - choose the plate, or not.
1 posted on 06/26/2006 10:21:29 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

there is something called Bumper Stickers too

I love mine: Terrorists are cowards


2 posted on 06/26/2006 10:23:40 AM PDT by Cinnamon
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To: SmithL

Choose death should work for balance.


3 posted on 06/26/2006 10:25:47 AM PDT by jwalburg (Paul Ehrlich, call your office! STAT!)
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To: SmithL

"chose choice" how dumb. why not just call them as they are "chose death"!


4 posted on 06/26/2006 10:27:43 AM PDT by camle (Keep your mind open and somebody will fill if full of something for you.)
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To: SmithL

Amazingly enough, the blue state of Maryland has such a tag.


5 posted on 06/26/2006 10:29:19 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3rd Bn. 5th Marines, RVN 1969. - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: camle

I don't know. "Choose choice" sounds so stupid it kind of makes fun of them in a non-morbid way.


6 posted on 06/26/2006 10:29:51 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: camle

isn't it? choose choice.. hmm Life -or- Choice(DEATH) hhmmm... LMAO


7 posted on 06/26/2006 10:30:43 AM PDT by Cinnamon
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To: Still Thinking

Agreed. Let them use it, and people with any functioning brain cells will see them for what they are.


8 posted on 06/26/2006 10:33:23 AM PDT by Tabi Katz
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To: camle

""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.



9 posted on 06/26/2006 10:35:50 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Democrats - The reason we need term limits)
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To: SmithL

How dare anyone say the pro-choice people are really pro-abortion! Ha1.


10 posted on 06/26/2006 10:36:33 AM PDT by JLS
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If you don't believe in "Choose Life" license plates, don't have one.
11 posted on 06/26/2006 10:36:47 AM PDT by SmithL (The fact that they can't find Hoffa is proof that he never existed.)
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To: SmithL

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.


12 posted on 06/26/2006 10:37:07 AM PDT by onja ("The government of England is a limited mockery.") (France is a complete mockery.)
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To: Cinnamon
I had a great bumper sticker on my car.

ABORTION STOPS A BEATING HEART

13 posted on 06/26/2006 10:39:49 AM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: camle

"choose abortion"


14 posted on 06/26/2006 10:57:41 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Let us not flinch from identifying liberalism as the opposition party to God.)
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To: SmithL

So this means I'm finally going to get to have my pro-life plate in TN?


15 posted on 06/26/2006 11:05:47 AM PDT by Campion ("I am so tired of you, liberal church in America" -- Mother Angelica, 1993)
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To: OldFriend

"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.


16 posted on 06/26/2006 11:32:44 AM PDT by stompk
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To: SmithL
Proposals to offer car owners an alternative "Choose Choice" plate failed in both state Legislatures.

LOLOLOL.

17 posted on 06/26/2006 11:35:21 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Undocumented FReeper)
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To: camle
"chose choice" how dumb. why not just call them as they are "chose death"!

They can't because abortionists are all about masking their true agenda.

18 posted on 06/26/2006 11:37:38 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Undocumented FReeper)
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To: SmithL

Good choice by the Supreme Court. It's a state issue and they don't need to be involved.


19 posted on 06/26/2006 11:40:04 AM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Free Republic is Currently Suffering a Pandemic of “Bush Derangement Syndrome.”)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

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.


20 posted on 06/26/2006 11:56:30 AM PDT by Kuksool
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To: SmithL
If you don't believe in "Choose Life" license plates, don't have one.

Great one!

List, wagglebee?

21 posted on 06/26/2006 12:01:40 PM PDT by little jeremiah
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To: SmithL; All

The AP is lying, the "choose life" is formulated for CHOOSE TO PUT THE CHILD UP FOR ADOPTION.

That is how the states have avoided the abortion debate.


22 posted on 06/26/2006 12:06:43 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Cinnamon

My friend's bumper sticker: "Save the baby humans"


23 posted on 06/26/2006 12:08:33 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: EQAndyBuzz

I suspect that's one of the reasons the liberals have no luck on tis issue. The "Choose Life" plates ARE pro-choice. A choice infers more than one option. The choice, in this case, is life over abortion instead of the other way around. The liberals are basically bitching because they disagree with their own slogans.


24 posted on 06/26/2006 12:17:09 PM PDT by L98Fiero (I'm worth a million in prizes.)
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To: Kuksool

Heh, I'd get one if I drove. :-P

And if you happen to see me out driving, get away from me as fast as possible. =8-0>


25 posted on 06/26/2006 4:09:33 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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