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October 07, 2005

Judge throws out ACLU/NARAL lawsuit against "Choose Life" license plates

In a victory for free speech, a Federal Judge threw out an ACLU/NARAL lawsuit seeking to ban Ohio license plates with the "Choose Life" phrase. As usual the "pro-choice" hypocrites sought to stifle real choice and impose their own twisted views on the rest of us

LifeNews.com carried an article:

Columbus, OH (LifeNews.com) -- A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit by abortion advocates seeking to overturn a measure allowing state residents to purchase Choose Life license plates for their vehicles. Funds raise from the sale of the plates would benefit pregnancy centers that help women find abortion alternatives.

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Nugent ruled that federal law prohibits federal courts from interfering with state's collecting taxes, like the fees motorists pay for the license plates.

Mathew Staver, president and general counsel of Liberty Counsel, which argued on behalf of the Choose Life plates, told CNS News, "Just as Ohio can warn of the health consequences of smoking, so the state is entitled to make a value judgment favoring childbirth over abortion."

"If those who call themselves 'pro-choice' were genuinely concerned about the best interests of women and children, they would welcome a pro-adoption message. Their actions betray their rhetoric," Staver added.

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Thirteen states have adopted Choose Life license plates, where proceeds benefit pro-life groups, adoption agencies, and pregnancy help centers. Those states include Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Tennessee.

License plates backing abortion have been approved in Hawaii and Montana.

There is hope. Judges, such as Donald Nugent, are again basing their rulings on what the law says rather than inventing "rights" which promote death.

Cross posted from Truth and Action.