December 11, 2012 Print

Judge Rules Against North Carolina Pro-Life License Plates

by Bethany Monk

A federal court ruled Friday that North Carolina’s “Choose Life” license plates violate the Constitution because the state does not offer a pro-abortion alternative.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the North Carolina Department of Transportation in 2011.

The Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, said his group has worked for nine years to get the pro-life plate.

“The other folks could have been pushing for their tag all along, too,” Creech said, “but they waited until ‘Choose Life’ was in the home stretch and then they began to demand the fruits of the pro-life camp’s labor.”

He said the judge also considered whether the plates are expressing the government point of view. 

“Prior courts have ruled that the encouragement of child birth is a legitimate government objective,” Creech said.

Choose Life plates are available in 28 states and pro-abortion plates are selling in only four, Creech said. He hopes the North Carolina appeals the ruling.

In related news, Alliance Defending Freedom argued today in federal court on behalf of a pro-adoption group whose application for a “Choose Life” specialty plate was rejected by the New York Department of Motor Vehicles.

Read the court’s order.

Read HB 168, North Carolina’s “Choose Life” bill.


NOTE: Referral to websites not produced by CitizenLink is for informational purposes only and does not necessarily constitute an endorsement of the sites' content.