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Judge finds NC ‘Choose Life’ plates unconstitutional
FOX8 WGHP ^ | 12/10/12 | Joe Borlik

Posted on 12/10/2012 8:40:42 AM PST by Clint N. Suhks

Edited on 12/10/2012 8:46:47 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

RALEIGH, N.C. – A federal judge has ruled it is unconstitutional for North Carolina to issue pro-life license plates unless the state offers similar plates supporting abortion rights.

U.S. District Court Judge James C. Fox ruled on Friday that North Carolina cannot produce or distribute the “Choose Life” plate.


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: abortion; chooselife; moralabsolutes; prolife; ruling
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Do they now have to get rid of all the sports-team plates, because they “discriminate” by not offering a plate for every professional and college team in the nation? Or anti-specific-team plates?

For instance, you can get a Duke University plate, but you can’t get a “I hate Duke!” plate. You have to choose a single other team to affirm, and that hardly conveys your anti-Duke message.


41 posted on 12/10/2012 10:03:19 AM PST by Tax-chick (More than you ever wanted to know, right?)
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To: WVKayaker

“NC Special Plate guidelines:

... It takes 300 members to apply and pay the extra $10 to $30 fee.”

I seriously doubt the left could get 300 people to apply for a “choose death” license plate.


42 posted on 12/10/2012 10:04:03 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: mosaicwolf
"viewpoint discrimination...."

This perverted judge is guilty of "viewpoint discrimination."
43 posted on 12/10/2012 10:05:40 AM PST by Vision (Obama is king of the "Takers." Don't be a "Taker.")
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To: Rebelbase

As of December 2010, Choose Life license plates are available in 27 states:

Alabama
Alaska[10]
Arizona
Arkansas
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Indiana
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts[11][12]
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
New Jersey[13]
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas [14]
Virginia

States where Choose Life is working for approval

According to Choose Life, Inc., they are working in 15 states to get the sale of the plates approved:

California
Illinois
Iowa
Kansas
Maine
Michigan
Minnesota
Nevada
New Mexico
North Carolina
Rhode Island
Utah
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin


44 posted on 12/10/2012 10:07:37 AM PST by WVKayaker ("Hang in there, America. Fight for what is right." - Sarah Palin 11/7/12)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

45 posted on 12/10/2012 10:08:43 AM PST by WVKayaker ("Hang in there, America. Fight for what is right." - Sarah Palin 11/7/12)
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To: Clint N. Suhks; All
The so-called constitutional right to an abortion is a myth. in other words, the states have never amended the Constituton to expressly protect abortion rights. The activist justices who decided Roe v. Wade were wrong to put on their "magic glasses" and find abortion rights in the 9th Amendment and apply it to the states via 14A.

In fact, note that john Bingham, the main author of Sec. 1 of 14A, had officially clarified that 14A applies only constitutionally enumerated personal rights to the states.

"Mr. Speaker, this House may safely follow the example of the makers of the Constitution and the builders of the Republic, by passing laws for enforcing all the privileges and immunities of the United States as guaranteed by the amended Constitution and expressly enumerated in the Constitution." --John Bingham, Congressional Globe, 1871. (See bottom half of third column.)
So Roe v. Wade is arguably an example of the Supreme Court ignoring the unique, Article V power of the states to ratify proposed amendments to the Constitution just like Congress and the Oval Office regularly ignore the will of the Article V majority.
46 posted on 12/10/2012 10:12:09 AM PST by Amendment10
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To: Clint N. Suhks

So if you have a plate that condemns bullying, do you have to create a plate that commends bullying?


47 posted on 12/10/2012 10:17:59 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Dear judge,

“viewpoint discrimination” is NOT protected in the Constitution.

“LIFE”, however, IS protected in the Constitution!

So, which “Viewpoint” did you believe you were authorized to protect?

Just another great opportunity to overturn this stupidity in a higher court.


48 posted on 12/10/2012 10:19:28 AM PST by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: cumbo78

I feel so sorry for the kids today. My grandchildren have to put up with the government “indoctrination”. Disgusting !


49 posted on 12/10/2012 10:19:39 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: mosaicwolf; All
Viewpoint discrimination? WTF? I have heard it all now!

It's called legislating from the bench. And corrupt judges get away with it because citizens are not being taught the difference between legislative and judicial powers.

50 posted on 12/10/2012 10:23:56 AM PST by Amendment10
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To: Cicero
I guess they’re ALL nuts these days.

Drunk with power. And who could stop them anymore?

51 posted on 12/10/2012 10:27:53 AM PST by madprof98
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To: madprof98

The state legislature could tell the judge that they do not recognize his authority over North Carolina license plates, and then direct the DMV to issue the plates in accordance with North Carolina regulations. If a request for a pro-abortion plate collects the required number of committed buyers, that plate could be issued as well.


52 posted on 12/10/2012 10:33:32 AM PST by Tax-chick (More than you ever wanted to know, right?)
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To: mosaicwolf

LOL! I know! It’s a VIEWPOINT! An OPINION! What, now we’re not entitled to our opinion? Put duct tape on your plates.


53 posted on 12/10/2012 10:34:38 AM PST by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: Angry_White_Man_Syndrome

They have Code Pink plates in opposition to “Support Our Troops”? Outrageous!


54 posted on 12/10/2012 10:37:42 AM PST by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Doesn’t NC fund abortions for “the poor” at the state level? Doesn’t it have a high abortion rate, like CA, NY, FL, or TX?


55 posted on 12/10/2012 10:43:15 AM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: Clint N. Suhks
What part of "Congress shall make no law" does he not get?
56 posted on 12/10/2012 10:43:43 AM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

First, I think it is a mistake for conservatives to support ANY messages on license plates. Even if the state charges extra, this is an unnecessary intrusion of government into our free speech.

It leads to fights like this, because everybody wants the government stamp of approval on their message. And I can guarantee you that before we are through, the government will be approving a LOT MORE messages we find offensive than the other way around.

A license plate should be a license plate. Vanity plates should be about the letters on the plate, not messages printed on it.

If you want a message around your plate, get a plate frame or a bumper sticker. Problem solved.

For this particular issue, Virginia already has a “choose life” plate, and in Virginia, money raised from selling special plates goes in part to the sponsoring organizations, which again entangles government in private business. But we successfully defended our plates, although there was a planned parenthood version which sold so terribly badly. In that case, I think the legislature tried to re-assign the “profits” from the planned parenthood version to a crisis pregnancy center group.

All of which was political drama that could be avoided if we stripped down governments’ reach, and didn’t let them print special license plates.


57 posted on 12/10/2012 11:00:32 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: lesko
RESPECT LIFE
KILL BABIES NOW

RESPECT FEDERAL JUDGES
HANG 'EM HIGH

(Hey.. sauce for the goose, right?)

58 posted on 12/10/2012 11:03:07 AM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

“Viewpoint discrimination”

Isn’t that what conservative students and potential faculty experience at publicly funded universities?


59 posted on 12/10/2012 11:07:05 AM PST by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

You can go to any trophy shop or awards engraver & get license plate HOLDERS that can have anything you want put onto the insert bar.

We have used such items for years as awards for completion of endurance rides. I have one that says TOP TEN on the top mar and FIRE MOUNTAIN 50 on the bottom bar.


60 posted on 12/10/2012 11:43:07 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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