November 29, 2011
A judge on Monday blocked the state of North Carolina from issuing voluntary vehicle license plates with an anti-abortion slogan on them.
U.S. District Judge James Fox granted a preliminary injunction sought by the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina. The ACLU argued in a lawsuit that issuing a plate saying “Choose Life,” but not an abortion rights plate that read “Respect Choice” was a violation of free speech.
The anti-abortion plate was one of 79 specialty plates approved by the Republican-led legislature and signed by the Democratic governor. Residents can choose to have one of the specialty plates for $25, with $10 going to the state and $15 to the Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship.