Skip to comments.Judge blocks issuing 'Choose Life' plates in NC
Posted on 11/28/2011 9:38:52 AM PST by NCjim
WILMINGTON, N.C. A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked North Carolina from issuing special anti-abortion license plates.
The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union suing to prevent people from paying for the "Choose Life" plates, alleging that they violate the First Amendment because there's no specialty plate for supporters of abortion rights.
U.S. District Judge James Fox issued a temporary injunction to stop the Division of Motor Vehicles from issuing the plates until the suit could be heard.
"This case is ultimately about free speech and equal treatment for all North Carolinians, regardless of their point of view on abortion," Katy Parker, legal director for the ACLU's North Carolina Legal Foundation, said in a statement. "The state should not be allowed to use its authority to promote one side of a debate while denying the same opportunity to the other side."
Twenty-nine states either already make "Choose Life" plates available or have approved such plates but have not manufactured them.
But the plates have a mixed record when it comes to court challenges, with some judges ruling states can sell them and others siding with challengers who say the plates are unconstitutional.
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So then make a murder babies plate then, you dipsh!ts.
Okay, then the state should also offer "Choose Abortion" plates--betcha they don't sell one of them.
A mixed record? Where exactly have the pro-death forces prevailed on this?
JEEEEZ! Even we in the People’s Republic of Maryland have a “choose life” plate.
You’d think “Choose Life” is SOOO offensive...
Well, actually, it IS offensive...
to the consciences of those who have chosen otherwise.
I’d conjecture that 90% of those who are “pro-choice”, and 99% of those that are vehemently so,
have participated in aborting a child at some point in their lives and don’t want any reminders that they’ve helped murder a baby.
...either take away their jurisdiction or defund them or limit their terms.
There’s no speciality plate for the KKK, so why isn’t my Knights of Columbus plate unconstitutional?
The problem with this judge is that the phrase “Choose Life” is ambiguous. It’s not “pro” or “anti” anything.
He should get a major smack down.
NC has become South NJ, I wonder if he would approve Choose Jihad.
Amazing. There’s not one logical explanation why you’d be against a “Choose Life” plate.
‘Choose Death’ is clearly the other option.
What idiots these judges be;)
For some reason, “Choose Death” didn’t sell well.
Err,because the courts are rigged in their favor?
What if the plate read: Chose life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?
What then would this stupid idiot judge decide?
Hard to tell which branch of government is the most dangerous and harmful.
the “Choose Life” plates, alleging that they violate the First Amendment because there’s no specialty plate for supporters of abortion rights.
Easy... “Choose Death”
What is their problem??
Leave it to the idiocy of the liberal brain
How about since we all know these idiot pro choice peeps are really saying it is a baby when they want it and not a baby when they don't, this should be their License Plate.
"Choose Life or Death depending if you want your baby"
Fox was appointed to the bench by Ronal Reagan in 1982. I guess he proves that nothing is 100% positive, or alternatively this guy has gone senile. With all that’s facing us in this country, I just marvel at the inconsequential stuff that morons can come up with to litigate. While we are cutting, we should take a 50% cut in the Federal Judiciary. They are a bunch of meddling old fools!
Unless there is some graphic of an embryonic fetus - the words ‘Choose Life’ cannot possibly be deemed offensive.
They could just as easily be an ‘anti-death penalty’ mantra.
The judge is an idiot, if the pro abortion group never was told that they could not have a plate then there is no reason to stop this plate from being issued. The ACLU should have been denied because they were never refused. Therefore they have no standing.
What part of 'Congress shall make no law' do they not understand?
I did not see any alternative plates available for order (here) in the event a person opposes the cause promoted by a particular vanity plate. I wonder why this is only a necessary consideration with respect to the pro-life cause.
In Virginia, the money from the “choose life” plates goes to adoption services, not “anti-abortion” services, so it isn’t really a plate that needs an pro-abortion counterpart. It theoretically doesn’t hurt abortion supporters at all to have people paying their own money to support adoption services.
But frankly, I’d like to see ALL the license plate deals thrown out. It’s not government’s job to do fund-raisers for private organizations. If you want to make a statement, send a check to your charity, and get a bumper sticker for your car.
To be completely in character, they need to be promoting “Abort black babies” as the alternative plate.
I still never understand this stuff.
How does the 1st Amendemnt apply to a state’s DMV ?
Note: Article I, Section 1's emphasis "life, liberty, the enjoyment of the fruits of their own labor, and the pursuit of happiness."
Judge Fox's ruling reveals much about his judicial philosophy and the degree to which his world view and judicial philosophy may have been influenced by the 20th and 21st Centuries' so-called "progressive" mindset.
Given his own State's Constitution's words, how could a non-prejudicial and logical mind conclude that the words "choose life" represent anything but affirmation of the philosophy of the nation's Declaration of Independence and North Carolina's Constitution?
In order to come to the conclusions stated in his ruling, one must be guided by a more contemporary and "provincial" set of political ideas.
The ACLU and so-called "progressives," with all of their domination of academia and Far Left politics, seem to fit into a category described in an essay by T.S. Eliot on Virgil:
"In our time, when men seem more than ever to confuse wisdom with knowledge and knowledge with information and to try to solve the problems of life in terms of engineering, there is coming into existence a new kind of provincialism which perhaps deserves a new name. It is a provincialism not of space but of time--one for which history is merely a chronicle of human devices which have served their turn and have been scrapped, one for which the world is the property solely of the living, a property in which the dead hold no share."(Bold added for emphasis)
Without intellectual anchoring in the enduring ideas which provided the philosophical foundation of America's Declaration of Independence and Constitution, progressives' vain imaginations of superiority only expose their limited world view.
I believe what they would need is a “Choose Death” plate