Pro-Life License Plates Banned in the Name of Free Speech?!!

Say What!? 60

Choose Life license plate North CarolinaA federal judge in North Carolina has banned pro-life license plates as unconstitutional unless the state also offers a pro-choice option. U.S. District Court Judge James Fox ruled on Friday that the “Choose Life” plates violate the First Amendment.

Yes, that is the one having to do with free speech. Oh the irony.

In news that will shock no one, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of North Carolina Legal Foundation filed the lawsuit on behalf of North Carolinians seeking a specialty license plate for the pro-choice crowd. Apparently, amendments were introduced to the legislature and rejected six times to authorize a new plate that would read “Trust Women. Respect Choice,” or “Respect Choice.”

When did “reproductive freedom” and “choice” and “abortion” all become synonymous? I’m all for a woman’s right to choose whether or not to reproduce. More power to her, whatever she decides. Six kids, no kids, kids conceived via fertility treatments as well as in the backseat of a ‘97 Honda, kids at 20, kids at 40, whatever. That’s the freedom. That’s the reproduction.

Abortion occurs after the reproductive freedom happens. Abortion ends another person’s life because his or her existence is “inconvenient.”

But enough from the pro-life soapbox -- let me step down and get on my pro-government one. This is a perfect example of why living in a republic is so awesome -- we get to elect our representatives. If North Carolinians are so intent upon a legislature that will approve pro-choice license plates, then they should vote for candidates that will do so. That’s what elections are for.

Plus we have that wonderful Tenth Amendment, which allows states to make their own laws based on the needs and wants of their residents. Residents of a state that won’t create a pro-choice license plate are welcome to move to a state like Virginia that does offer them.

Leave it to the ACLU to outlaw North Carolinians’ ability to practice free speech on their license plates in the name of free speech.

What do you think of Judge Fox’s ruling?


abortion, censorship, discrimination, feminism, in the news, law, women's issues

60 Comments

To add a comment, please log in with

Use Your CafeMom Profile

Join CafeMom or Log in to your CafeMom account. CafeMom members can keep track of their comments.

Join CafeMom or Log in to your CafeMom account. CafeMom members can keep track of their comments.

Comment As a Guest

Guest comments are moderated and will not appear immediately.

lulou lulou

Or you could just get a $1 bumper sticker and donate the money from the special license plates to a kids cancer center. (if you were really for choosing life)

elle7777 elle7777

The legislature is the one that's refusing to let the pro choice plates go through. So yeah, if they refuse one they shouldn't allow the other either.

Flori... Floridamom96

I've never understood that either, Estella. Having said that, federal judges routinely overstep their bounds. This judge has no right to interfere with this state issuing whatever license plates it wants. Since the constitution does not give the federal government the authority to license vehicles this is a clearly a states rights issue.

Flori... Floridamom96

No, elle, they shouldn't. The first amendment does not include a fairness clause.

nonmember avatar andie

I'm pro-choice, but why would anyone feel the need to express their abortion views on their license plate? Regardless of which side of the issue you're on, why would you want to advertise your opinion on this? People are so weird.

Tripl... TripleC14

Isn't the State clearly infringing on freedom of speech of a portion of its population?? I would think the right-leaners would be all over this as an example of upholding the Constitution. But I guess that's only important when you agree with the position...

EmmaF... EmmaFromEire


 ''Judge Fox granted a preliminary injunction in Nov. 2011 that temporarily blocked production of the “Choose Life” plate; that injunction is now permanent.''


The state was only producing one but not the other. Your right to free speech is not an automatic right to be an asshole. He ruled that if they were producing one, they had to produce the other- which seems totally fair to me. Give the people what they're asking for.


'Judge 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.” '


Frankly, i'm with the commenter who wondered why you'd want one in the first place. NOBODY CARES.


Sarah UsedtobeZech Cone

I agree with the many who have already posted that said that: 1- I don't see why you'd want to have this type of issue on your license plate...but whatever, I don't care what you have on your car. I'm not going to see either a pro-life or pro-choice license plate and say, "Oh, THAT person is bad.." or "THAT person is good... cuz look what their plate says!" 2-As a 'pro-choicer' I don't think it was necessary to ban the pro-life plate BUT 3- agrees with the judge that BOTH should be offered as I'm sure not EVERY person in that state is pro-life, even though the majority are and 4- Yeeeeaaaah...you would SO be singing a different tune if the side were reversed.Sure, be proud of your views but don't be a hypocrite.Balance is a GOOD thing. :)

LuvMy... LuvMyDandD

A federal judge in North Carolina has banned pro-life license plates as unconstitutional unless the state also offers a pro-choice option.


 And?? So what? They want one for each side of the issue. What's the problem Jenny? Some of your blogs are decent, but many are nonsense, and sadly I knew who wrote this before I saw Jennys name on it. Nothing wrong with fair! But anyway, my personal opinion is that people who would use either plate on their cars are tacky. Hopefully they don't approve either of them, I don't want to see them on the streets. 


BTW Jenny, Republicans are supposed to stand for small government with minimal oversight. You need to brush up on the values of your Party.

Autum... Autumnleaves87

Haha if the picture on this post is what the "pro life" license plate looked like.. no wonder the legislature blocked it.. its ugly as hell!



Anyway, this argument is dumb Jenny. You are again, simply getting your panties in a bunch about NOTHING!



Your beliefs and morals should prevail no matter what a legislature says. You should be happy you live in America where you can have these beliefs and practice them as you so choose.



Be greatful Jenny instead of complaining all the time about this country your such a "patriot" for.

11-20 of 60 comments First 12345 Last
F