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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to prevent production of North Carolina’s new anti-abortion “Choose Life” license plates.

The group filed the lawsuit Thursday, claiming the plates violate the First Amendment because pro-abortion rights license plates are not available.

The General Assembly approved the design this year along with 79 other new specialty plates. Nonprofit pregnancy counseling centers opposed to abortion would collect $15 from each plate sold.

One of the plaintiffs in the case, Sue Holliday, says she’s not opposed to anti-abortion license plates in principle, as long as pro-abortion rights plates are also available to drivers.

The ACLU is also seeking a temporary restraining order blocking the manufacture of the plates until the lawsuit is decided.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • Guest

    what a cute license plate, I would definetly purchase one of these but just to be fair as the ACLU suggest maybe North Carolina should also offer a “choose death” license plate with a picture of dead children. That would make it fair and balanced and 15 bucks from each plate can go to fund abortion.

  • Challengetheworld

    There should not be a choose life or a choice license plate. This is a state owned plate, techincally by law. This is a business the state should not be in – on either side.

  • anne

    It didn’t take long for the ACLU to climb out of the sewer and make themselves known. This license will be a personal choice for someone wanting it and if you look at it, it doesn’t refer to abortions any way. It says “choose life” – isn’t that what we do anyway?

    I can’t imagine anyone that would want to ride around with a license plate that advocates murdering a baby, but there are all kinds out there so I guess someone would. The irony in this is – many of the people who advocate abortion as being okay are the same people that are up in arms about the death penalty. Go figure – it is okay to kill an innocent that has never hurt anyone, but not give the death penalty to a murderer, rapist, or child molester. No wonder this world is going to hell in a hand basket, as they say. And the ACLU is going to help many get there just a little bit faster.

  • Guest

    Go away……aclu

  • momX2

    Really?!! The ACLU doesn’t have anything better to do!!! So much for tolerance!!!

    Where can I get my CHOOSE LIFE plate?

  • Guest

    Um, regarding the plaintiffs comment, it’s pro-choice…not pro-abortion…there’s a difference…

  • Guest

    Pro choice is not the correct term. Pro abortion is. Advocating choice between life and death makes a person pro death.


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