Want to be able loudly to proclaim your respect for women’s reproductive rights while you’re driving about town? The American Civil Liberties Union is trying to make that a reality in North Carolina, suing the state for allowing “Choose Life” license plates but rejecting all pro-choice equivalents.
ABC News reports:
[T]he lawsuit alleges that the State is engaging in unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment,” the ACLU said in a news release.
“This is a basic issue of freedom of speech and fairness. It is a fundamental tenet of the First Amendment that the State cannot use its authority to promote one side of a debate while denying the same opportunity to the other side,” said Katherine Lewis Parker, Legal Director of the ACLU North Carolina Legal Foundation.
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The ACLU is asking that the state stop manufacturing the anti-choice plates until the issue is settled.