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ACLU Sues North Carolina Over Anti-Choice License Plates

Robin Marty

The group argues that the state can't only let anti-choice sentiments ride the bumper.

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.

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