The ACLU of Ohio is representing NARAL in a lawsuit against the state of Ohio’s sale of “Choose Life” license plates.
Effective May 18, Ohio residents will be able to spend an extra $30 for the specialty plates, $20 of which will go to anti-choice groups that “encourage women to consider adoption rather than abortion.” The state will not be providing specialty license plates with an abortion-rights message.
The lawsuit hinges on viewpoint discrimination against pro-choicers, because the Ohio legislature rejected a license plate with a pro-choice message. Of the 10 states that have “Choose Life” plates, none offer plates that read “Choose Choice.”
“This is a case about fundamental fairness,” said Carrie Davis, ACLU of Ohio staff attorney. “The State of Ohio cannot open a public forum to one side of a debate without allowing the same access to all other sides.”
So when do we get our “Choose Choice” license plates?
By Ann | Published: April 29, 2005
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