SCOTUS, the US Supreme Court, has ended years of legal battles over the right of citizens to display pro-life messages on their cars’ license plates.
The court declined to review lower court decisions, and let stand decisions by the Fifth and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeals that permitted pro-life license plates to be sold in Louisiana and Tennessee.
[A LA attorney plans to file a suit to eliminate all specialty tags in LA in order to eliminate the Choose Life tags.]
Bearing the message “Choose Life,” the plates offended abortion supporters who claimed that the tags violate the First Amendment by not permitting an abortion rights message in the same forum.
“Tennesseans have waited long enough to get this plate on the road and generating proceeds for agencies which help women and families facing difficult pregnancies,” said Brian Harris, president of Tennessee Right to Life, according to The Tennessean.
In New York earlier this year, a court ruled that displaying pro-life opinions on the back of one’s car was a matter of free speech rights.
[ED. New York State courts continue to entertain the fight over the Choose Life license plates, as of 2015.]
‘Choose Life’ License Plate Lawsuit Victory in New York http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/mar/06030903.html
[Hilary White, WASHINGTON, June 28, 2006 LifeSiteNews.com]