Court hears NC 'Choose Life' license plate case

Oct. 30, 2013 @ 03:09 PM

A North Carolina assistant attorney general urged a federal appeals court to allow the state to offer anti-abortion license plates without providing plates that express the opposite view.

U.S. District Judge James Fox ruled last December that offering just the "Choose Life" license plate violates the First Amendment. The state appealed, and a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond heard arguments Wednesday.

Kathryne Hathcock of the attorney general's office said the state is entitled to use specialty license tags to advance its preference for childbirth over abortion.

Chris Brook is an ACLU attorney. He argued that allowing plates expressing only one side of the contentious abortion issue is a classic example of viewpoint discrimination.

The court usually takes several weeks to rule.