Federal Appeals Court to hear challenge to North Carolina law authorizing “Choose Life” license plate

By Dave Andrusko

ChooseLifeNCOn Wednesday the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear a challenge brought by the ACLU against the 2011 North Carolina law that would allow the production of a specialty “Choose Life” license plate.

Last December U.S. District Court Judge James C. Fox ruled against the law because “The State’s offering of a Choose Life license plate in the absence of a pro-choice plate constitutes viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment.”

Currently 29 states make “Choose Life” license available, including South Carolina. New York is the one other state that has a pending lawsuit over the plates.

The pro-life license plate was one of dozens of other specialty plate options the state legislature approved in September 2011. No tags have been produced after a preliminary injunction was issued in November 2011.

There is a $25 fee for the plate, with $15 going to the Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship.

Bobbie Meyer, director of the Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship, told reporters “The choose life license plate has already raised over 12 million dollars in the states that allow them thereby helping mothers and their families,” she said. “Here in North Carolina, there are 85 pregnancy care centers who last year saw over 46,000 women and children.”

Editor’s note. Go to “Pro-Abortionists Fear and Loathe CPCs and ‘Choose Life’ License Plates” to see what we had to say about the pro-abortion response in North Carolina when the measure was first approved.

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