Judge finds N.C. ‘Choose Life’ license plates unconstitutional

Posted at 11:53 AM, Dec 10, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-10 11:54:20-05

RALEIGH, N.C. – A federal judge has ruled it is unconstitutional for North Carolina to issue pro-life license plates unless the state offers similar plates supporting abortion rights, according to WGHP.

U.S. District Court Judge James C. Fox concluded: “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.”

During the 2011 legislative session, the North Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill 289, which authorized the issuance of a “Choose Life” license plate.

However, officials say the legislature repeatedly refused to authorize a plate that supported the countervailing position in favor of reproductive freedom.