Anti-Abortion Group Loses Bid to Force State to Issue "Choose Life" Plates

Illinois drivers will continue to drive free of anti-abortion messages staring at them on license plates. The Supreme Court rejected a petition by Choose Life, Inc. to force the state to offer "Choose Life" plates.

The high court on Monday left in place a federal appeals court ruling that state officials were within their rights in trying to keep viewpoints on abortion off of Illinois license plates. Choose Life Illinois, Inc. sued to force the state to issue the plates.

The 7th Circuit ruled it's not a free speech issue, because the plates are issued by the Government. The state government in Illinois said it does not want people to think it is taking a position on abortion.

"Choose Life" plates have been upheld in many states. Only two states have pro-choice plates:

Montana has a plate that says “Pro-Family, Pro-Choice,” and Hawaii has an official decal that says “Respect Choice.”

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    An awful lot of people... (none / 0) (#1)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 10:50:33 AM EST
    ...around here confuse the Columbine plates as being anti-abortion.

    I agree with them (none / 0) (#2)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 10:59:28 AM EST
    The plates should also say "End School Violence" or something to make it clear.

    You have Columbine license plates? (none / 0) (#4)
    by Inspector Gadget on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 11:07:09 AM EST
    What do they say?

    Yeah... (none / 0) (#5)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 11:09:04 AM EST
    ...or "Remember the Children" or something like that.  "Respect Life" is pretty close to "Choose Life".  

    And why is there only an Italian-American plate and no other ethnicity?!


    big (none / 0) (#3)
    by Capt Howdy on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 11:02:59 AM EST
    honk if you love Jesus and hate baby killers demonstration this weekend here.

    I guess they were related.

    It seems like it's just a matter of time (none / 0) (#6)
    by Inspector Gadget on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 11:11:09 AM EST
    before the anti-choice people get their way. They are even more forceful than the groups that managed to get all the holidays, the pledge of alliegance, the golden rule, and birthdays removed from public schools.

    This one (none / 0) (#7)
    by eric on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 11:32:06 AM EST
    cracks me up:

    EAT THE kids first

    Do we really need... (none / 0) (#8)
    by kdog on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 11:45:26 AM EST
    all these fancy-schmancy license plates?  

    Normally I'm not a fan of kindergarten-style government, but in this case it might make the most sense to just have one standard issue plain-jane plate for each state, and if you wanna express yourself get a god-damn bumper-sticker.

    Well... (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 12:01:37 PM EST
    ...the States certainly think they do.  It's all about the Benjamin's, my friend.  

    Wouldn't you want a "Legalize It" one?


    No way Jose... (none / 0) (#10)
    by kdog on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 12:42:51 PM EST
    may as well get one that says "pull me over please"...lol.

    Just get a couple... (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 12:47:21 PM EST
    ...of Police Protective Association bumperstickers and confuse the heck out of them.  

    Those theme plates (none / 0) (#12)
    by Wile ECoyote on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 02:01:46 PM EST
    are extra money to the state coffers.  To myself it shows the idiots, sort of like the people who walk around with their pants falling down on purpose.  

    Always found... (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by kdog on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 02:04:38 PM EST
    personalized plates and theme plates kinda funny myself...nobody cares whats on your plate but the police people.