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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A federal judge has squelched North Carolina’s plans to offer an anti-abortion license plate, saying the state can’t offer that viewpoint without also letting residents buy pro-choice plates.

A spokeswoman for the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office said Monday that the state hasn’t decided whether to appeal the decision from US District Court Judge James Fox. His order from Friday follows the one he issued more than a year that temporarily blocked North Carolina from offering the plates.

The ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation sued over the plates in September 2011. Foundation legal director Chris Brook says Fox’s decision is a great victory for free speech rights.

Republican Rep. Mitch Gillespie of McDowell County sponsored the bill and says he’ll encourage the attorney general to appeal the decision.

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  • OtherGuest

    Thank you, ACLU, for staving off the inevitable insanity that pervades our society, even if it be for a very short time.
    In high school I was required to read a story named “The Lottery”. I finally understand it.

  • Guest1946

    Why not have both? We are supposed to have freedom of speech in America. What we really need is a “Military Veteran” plate. There are all kinds of plates for reservists and retired, but what about the thousands that served but did not make a career of the military?

  • Guest123

    There goes the feds getting in state business again.

  • Das Weibstück

    If you feel so strongly there are dozens of bumper stickers you can plaster all over your car.

  • Erlkoenig

    Like “honk if you think the ACLU is a bunch of America-hating commies”

  • Erlkoenig

    The ACLU scores a victory for censorship. Congratulations, liberals. Another step towards communism.


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