By Joe Sutton, CNN
(CNN) - A federal judge ruled that North Carolina's new "Choose Life" license plates are unconstitutional because the state does not offer a pro-choice alternative.
"The State's offering a Choose Life license plate in the absence of a pro-choice alternative constitutes viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment," U.S. District Court Judge James Fox wrote in the ruling Friday.
The ruling was praised by the American Civil Liberties Union, which had filed a lawsuit in 2011 to stop the specialty plates.
"This is a great victory for the free speech rights of all North Carolinians, regardless of their point of view on reproductive freedom," said Chris Brook of the ACLU. "The government cannot create an avenue of expression for one side of a contentious political issue while denying an equal opportunity to citizens with the opposite view."
Republican state Rep. Mitch Gillespie, who sponsored the bill for the "Choose Life" plates, said he would push for an appeal of the judge's decision, CNN affiliate WRAL reported.
The bill for the license plates passed in 2011, and the legislation also mandated that money raised from the sale of the specialty plates would go to a nonprofit that supports crisis pregnancy centers, WRAL reported.
During the fight to get the bill passed, North Carolina lawmakers voted down amendments that would have created pro-choice alternatives such as "Trust Women. Respect Choice," the affiliate reported.
The "Choose Life" plates are available in 29 states, according to Choose Life Inc., a nonprofit that helps states that want to sell these specialty plates.
THIS MADE ME LOL! ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS REPRESENT BOTH SIDES OF THE ISSUE & THEY CAN HAVE THEIR PLATES BACK..SIMPLE RESOLUTION.
Well they should just then allow a plate with a picture of an aborted fetus that says Choose Death. That way all will be equal!
I see the morons are out in full force today...
You really should flip through some of the posts before you say anything so you can avoid the embarrasment of repeating what 10,000 others have already said. I know you have something fresh and original to add to this subject so don't take the easy way out. Shock and awe us.
Gee, Joe, that's so profound! Too bad you're only about the 100th person to come up with that little piece of idiocy.
Hey Truth, I read your comment below that said 200 people have made this same stupid "choose death" comment. I then said "umpteenth" to the last one that wrote it. I think your math must be closer to the truth. UNBELIEVABLE HOW MANY MORONS THERE ARE.
What is so Moronic about it?? People that feel so strong about going out and ending lives that they will call me a moron? Pretty funny. I see nothing wrong believing that lives should not be aborted. I don't think it's a moronic at all. I am not advocating any laws. I am just stating the opposite of choosing life is choosing death. Maybe you are the moron if you can't figure that out.
Joe, people are calling it moronic because with your twist both plates would actually be pro-life. Or did you think you were being really clever and that we wouldn't figure that out? Neither message belongs on government issued plates. A state slogan or such is all we should ever see on them. If you have a personal statement, get a plate frame or a bumber sticker.
I love burning crosses
And if they were really unbiased, they'd have to allow it.
What you antis don't remember is that before Roe - there were still abortions. There have ALWAYS been abortions. Legal or not, there will ALWAYS be abortions. Get over it.
The pre-Roe difference was that in addition to the fetus, many of the women died as well. That's WHY we brought it out of the back alley – to SAVE lives. So,. Who is really pro-life?
Very few (any?) pro-choicers think abortions are a good idea - but they beat the ghastly and INEVITABLE alternative.
I just wish there were a law requiring loud-mouth antis to accept the next unwanted baby on their doorstep to raise, 'filed-run, no selection involved - drug/alcohol addicted form the womb; severe disability; 'wrong' race, etc. The shrill whining would cease in a hurry.
The hypocrisy of the anti-theist.
North Carolina offers over 100 different special interest vanity plates:
NONE offer versions of both sides of whatever issue it is they are addressing.
This is just pro-abortion judicial legislation, plain and simple.
Go ahead and offer the other side: "Choose Death." Then let people choose what they want to promote.
YOu are the umpteenth person to say that exact same thing. Go back to your bible, you all don't have original points to make.
How about we don't put anything on license plates, and let people put stickers on their cars that say anything they want?
Genius! It's amazing this never occurred to any of these states. Oh, wait, they were too busy trying to a) raise funds where they were too wimpy to manage the budget normally and b) trying to covertly push their agendas on license plates while rejecting applicants from any group they didn't like.
Next, "I love my dog" plates will be illegal until they have "I love my cat / rabbit / goldfish / chia pet"
Is that a contentious political issue where you're from?
Yea, because those two things are the same. (eyeroll)
Show me a state that has an official "i love my dog" license plate. You're talking about license plate frames, which are not applicable to this ruling, because they are produced by private companies rather than the government. That said, even if they were produced by the government this ruling wouldn't apply because loving your dog is not a contentious political issue.
urdum – as much as I hate to say it, GA has a plate with a dog, and a separate one with a cat. They promote getting your pets spayed and neutered. There is also one with a cat and dog that just says "animal friend." I'm ashamed to live in GA.
Abortion shouldn't just be legal, it should usually be mandatory
@Jimbob...the more posts I see on this site, the more I agree with you!
...if we could get some selective late stage (say 35 years old) abortions going, I'd be on board! Lot of people on this site would qualify!
The low intellect of the right wing christian "wrong" should lead to more "creationists" winning Darwin awards. Those are awards given to people who have helped the gene pool by eliminating their genes from the gene pool by their own stupid accidental deaths. The modern form is now that show 1000 ways to die.
How about wording it. "Force me to have an unwanted pregnancy"
never quite understood the logic that says "I dont want my baby, so I get to kill it"
The majority of Abortions are elective, involving neither the health of the mother or quality of life of the unborn child. Mostly they are "Hail Mary" contraception, the acts of selfish and irresponsible people caught on the horns of their poor life choices. So perhaps we should have a "Pro-having you kleep your pants on" plate.
@chad – It's not a baby until after 22 weeks and it never get's a soul implanted in it. The fact is you don't have a soul chad, if you think you do, prove it. Why should I listen to a single word you have to say without a shed of proof for any of it. Take your horrid religion and stuff it back in your ass where it came from.
Perhaps you could cite your source for your "statistic"? Of the women I know who have had abortions, none of the women were irresponsible. They were women stuck in bad situations, who were likely to lose the baby and/or die, who had birth control fail...and contrary to what many will tell you, a full half of them were married.
Granted, this is anecdotal evidence and not statistics, but I don't know a single woman who uses abortion as birth control.
REASONS GIVEN FOR ABORTIONS: AGI SURVEY
93% of the reasons given were due to irresponsibility of the mother
1% r.a.p.e or in.c.est
3% mother has health problems
3% possible fetal health problems
21% unready for responsibility
11% is too immature or young to have child
0.50% woman's parents want her to have abo.rtion
12% has problems with relationship or wants to avoid single parenthood
1% husband or partner wants her to have abor.tion
8% has all the children she wanted or all children are grown
21% can't afford baby now
16% concerned about how having baby would change her life
1% doesn't want others to know she had relations or is pregnant
I have no problem with this license plate as long as they also ok a pro choice related plate also.
You mean "Choose Death." Ok by me.
How is "CHOOSE life" not pro-CHOICE?
"Choose Life" doesn't necessarily mean the opposite of "Choose Choice" (or whatever). This judge and the ACLU are ASSUMING "Choose Life" means "anti-pro-choice" which may not be the case.
How about two plates that say either "Choose Fascism" or "Choose Freedom" because, that is the bottom line on the issue of abortion?
Right because if you don't have the right to life, what rights do you have?
and if you don't have the right to MAKE a choice, you have fascism.
But I don't have a right to choose. Only women have the right. Our current law creates a two tiered system where women have the option to murder someone who inconveniences them (as long as the do it before birth) But men and children are allowed no redress.
Any organism left to reproduce unchecked will eventually be poisoned in its own effluence.
Humanity is seeing the beginning of this now.
Since 1915, the infant mortality rate declined greater than 90% to 7.2 per 1000 live births, and the maternal mortality rate declined almost 99% to less than 0.1 reported death per 1000 live births.
The days when "be fruitful and multiply" was good and necessary survival advice are long gone.
The human population is increasing exponentially in that time, from 1.6 to 7 billion.
One way or another, our species will balance itself out. Natural laws, after all, have no pity.
The question the human race faces now is how to deal with this inevitability.
Shall we continue to march headlong to disaster? Increasing population density in urban areas will allow an opportunistic plague rife breeding grounds. Scarcity of resources will result in famine.
We have elevated ourselves to a place where we have no serious predators. Man's only effective predator is himself.
We must reduce the rate at which we are reproducing.
Think of abortion as the modern equivalent of death by wooly mammoth, sabre toothed tiger or infant pneumonia.
Doc, are you actually making an argument for eugenics? How brave new world of you.
I guess that explains why population growth is now leveling off, and will peak within the next two to three decades before beginning to decline, according to all current projections.
Oh, wait – that totally contradicts what you said. Stupid facts...
I've never heard that projection.
Please cite your source.
According to whose projections? If it's all projections, could you provide me a link with one or two so I can view them? Thanks!
Because there is no consideration of promoting any genotype, it is not eugenics.
The problem of overpopulation cannot be ignored. We can deal with it pragmatically, here and now, or wait for the disasters to strike.
You may not be making those distinctions in your paragraph but look at the demographics of abortion and tell me that there isn't a trend towards population managment
Just popped back in to hear the same people arguing for the right to kill babies and I was right,they are still advocating baby killing.
no one is advocating baby killing, fiftyfive55
blathering such just makes you look like a moron
If I have to choose between mother or child, I'd pick mother. She can always make another baby, but the baby can't make anther mother.
We're all actively encouraging pregnant women to get abortions.
OK – Give them a license plate that says "Choose Death" – fitting for them.
There is another option that never gets put on the table (so to speak).
74 and 12 months more. 75th Birthday equal euthanasia. Afterall, think of all the baby boomers that are going to be clogging the system with them medicare & social security needs. I would grandfather in, that if you are already within 12 months of or already over 75, that you be given an extra 5 years.This would free up resources for all the children that you would like to see carried to term. 2nd thought, You have to fill out on your License whether you are Choice or Life. If Life, you will be randomly given an infant to raise to adulthood. No tax breaks, no supplemental incomes. Because you are doing God's work in raising that child.
fiftyfive55's mother should have had an abortion.
No one is "actively encouraging" women to get abortions. They are "actively encouraging" men to allow women to make their own choices.
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: The Declaration of Independence
Too bad they didn't say anything about personal responsibility
Ironically the founding fathers, though aristocratic, we're still considered leftists by George IOU while conservatives now use the life liberty etc slogan to promote life :D
GOP and dens are inconsistent: one is pro death penalty and pro life and the other is anti death penalty but pro abortion. Lol
If I have to explain it you wouldn't understand.
If the governement allowed two plates - 1, Choose Life and 2. Choose Death - would that work or would the abortion proponents insist that their plate had to contain a euphemism such as "Women's Health Rights"?
You do nothing to support your own position by distorting the position of your opposition.
I am pro choice. What that means, for me, is that I recognize that abortion is NONE OF MY BUSINESS.
I am also pro life. What that means, to me, is that *I* would not personally choose abortion.
I see no moral conflict in my position. Do you? If so, what is the conflict? And, if not, why would you distort my position as you attempted to do?
Rufus, that's because it is a women's health issue. We have the right to control our bodies.
If we allowed just twwo plate, "Respect a woman's choice" and "Disrespect a woman's choice" would that work for you?
It still does not give voice to the other side of the issue, so it would not be sufficient.
Choose life lol How about using the Euphemism " ruin your life..have an unwanted Child"
Rufus – Choose Life is also a euphemism
It really means RESTRICT FEMALE REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS
Let them have the opposing viewpoint plate too: "Choose Death"
So is the count of idiots who've made this "point" up to 200 yet?
It's not death because a fetus isn't a live person. It's like getting rid of a tumor. There isn't a law against that, as there shouldn't be one against abortions.
Well then you should add "Choose Life of Misery as an Unwanted Child of a R a p i s t" as well...
200 seems a bit low, don't you think?
The opposing viewpoint would be "No State-Endorsed Religion".
To all you abortionists who object to the term "death", please explain how the blob of tissue survives the abortion. Death is the correct term for tissue that was previously alive but no longer.
@John who said, "Death is the correct term for tissue that was previously alive but no longer."
Try to break out of your wacko bubble. By your reasoning, I cause 10 million deaths every time I ejaculate, and 2 million more every time I shower. You are are just proving the point that many have been making here... you christian fundamentalists, who want to establish fundamentalist christianity as the official religion of America, are 100% C-R-A-Z-Y.
Just mind your own business. You can have your crazy religion. But stop trying to establish it as the defacto state religion.
@ John – how about cancer? I guess no more chemotherapy, John says it's illegal.
Martha's only goal in life: Accuse people who are pro-chioce of "murdering babies" at least once every day.
Goal in life of abortionists: Deny reality at any cost. After all, who wants to be a murderer if all they have to do escape guilt is avoid using extreme words to describe extreme facts?
@John, Goal of pro-lifers: See how how long you can go without understanding that words like "murder" are created and defined by humans.
I really hope that people of "faith" will read this. I posted it yesterday on the National Prayer Breakfast story. Penn is using logic that all of us "nones" use, which makes us so REPULSED by the religious.
“What I have a problem with is not so much religion or god, but faith. When you say you believe something in your heart and therefore you can act on it, you have completely justified the 9/11 bombers. You have justified Charlie Manson. If it's true for you, why isn't it true for them? Why are you different? If you say "I believe there's an all-powerful force of love in the universe that connects us all, and I have no evidence of that but I believe it in my heart," then it's perfectly okay to believe in your heart that Sharon Tate deserves to die. It's perfectly okay to believe in your heart that you need to fly planes into buildings for Allah.”
_ Penn Jillette
Charlie doesn't admit to killing anyone.
You should keep in mind that religious fanatics have a strange view of the world. They are SO SURE that they are right, and that all reasonable people believe similarly to them. They really don't understand that other points of view cn abe valid.
That's because he didn't physically kill anyone. He did it with brainwashing, just like religion is doing harm to the country and harm to our children.
The problem with Jillette's viewpoint is that he disconnects faith and reason, as if the two don't simultaneously exist.
Faith must be reasonable. Reason, in turn, helps the understanding of the content of faith.
More people should read "Fides et Ratio"
The faith of the Jihadists is not rational.
Yes New Alias, I do keep it in mind SADLY Google "Religion as an addiction" the article makes your point perfectly Still, I post because people ARE leaving religion, or at least coming closer to reason Look at the Pat Robertson story last week, admitting the bible was wrong about the age of the earth, telling his followers "If you go against science,you're going to lose your kids."
Things are getting better.
"The faith of the Jihadists is not rational."
Faith & Reason? Are you nuts or just stupid?
Faith: 1.Complete trust or confidence in someone or something. 2.Strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.
There is no requirement within faith for reason, and the whole idea of faith is that it is a conclusion that cannot be reached by reason since you must step out onto the thin ice of faith convincing yourself it is safe with no other proof than someone telling you that you will be okay.
There is no difference between the faith of a Jihadist and the faith of a Christian other than the jihadist is likely to be MORE faithful and the Christian is likely to balk at the last minute and decide not to pull the trigger because they aren't 100% sure of their faith, so if that is what you call "reason" then fine, you can have your faith and reason argument.
Don't get "faith" confused with "freewill".
@ajk68 – no, faith and reason cannot exist simultaneously. All faith is by definition unreasonable, and all reason is just that – reason. It is not reasonable to have faith in the writings of a collection of ignorant and insane desert dwellers from 2000 years ago. It is not reasonable to have faith that a man was able to turn water into wine, resurrect Lazarus, or rise from the dead himself. It is not reasonable to have faith in an all seeing, all knowing, all powerful, all good being that still somehow allows war, disease, famine, and other suffering to exist in the world. It is not reasonable to know of the existence of Hitler, Pol Pot, Genghis Khan, serial killers, child rapists, et. al., and still have faith in the before mentioned all powerful being. There is no such thing as reasonable faith – the 9/11 terrorists faith is no less reasonable than any christian, catholic, hindu, buddhist or other person of faith you can list, they are all by definition insane.
So arrogantly full of assumptions it's useless to try to unravel. If I have to explain it, you don't care to understand.
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