A federal judge has ruled North Carolina's "Choose Life" license
plates unconstitutional -- largely because pro-abortion groups
don't have one of their own, despite their attempts.
Pro-abortion groups attached six amendments to the "Choose Life"
bill, all of which were rejected. Slogans for the proposed
pro-abortion plates included "Trust Women. Respect Choice" and
"Respect Choice." The author of the bill, State Representative
Mitch Gillespie (R), suggested they float their own bill rather
than trying to camp onto the pro-life legislation.
Mark Creech of the Christian Action League of North Carolina is
disappointed in Judge James Fox's ruling and urges the state to
"Oddly enough, in a case in New York this exact
argument -- viewpoint discrimination -- was used to support the
issuance of Choose Life plates," he tells OneNewsNow. "So it's
clear that there's much debate over this in terms of
constitutionality, with most rulings favoring the plates."
Creech believes there ought to be a way to approve the pro-life
plates without opening the door to an abortion giant such as
"As evidence of this fact, Choose Life plates are available in
some 28 states and pro-abortion plates are selling in only four of
which I'm aware," he explains. "In fact, we're one of only two
states in all of the Southeast that does not offer the plates."
Part of the Judge's ruling centered on whether the plates could
be considered government speech, making it a constitutional issue.
But Creech points out that "prior courts have ruled that the
encouragement of child birth is a legitimate governmental
president of Family
Research Council and a former Louisiana state legislator, says
he is hopeful pro-life groups in North Carolina will press forward
and appeal the judge's ruling.
"We had the same thing in Louisiana [where] I was a co-author of
that bill a number of years ago," he said Tuesday on American Family
Radio. "It was challenged in court under the same argument that
it's discriminating because it doesn't allow the other side to have
But as Perkins notes, pro-abortion groups have access to the
same legislative process as do pro-life groups, but seem unable to
find legislators who are "crazy enough" to push for pro-abortion
"The thing that really gripes me is that simply because they
can't muster any public support for their aberrant views, they say
it's discrimination," he shared.
The FRC leader adds that Judge Fox's ruling is not novel. "Other
lower-level courts have decided the same way, but were overturned
on appeal," he pointed out. "So hopefully North Carolina will join
the other states that have the same provision for the pro-life