Wisconsin is latest to try 'Choose Life' plates

Posted by Craig Jarvis on November 20, 2013 

Wisconsin is the latest state to try to put anti-abortion license plates on the road.

Its state assembly approved a “Choose Life” plate on Friday. Funds from sales of the plates would go to an anti-abortion group.

That’s the arrangement that North Carolina Republican legislators had in mind when they approved a plate program in 2011. But the plan has been on hold since the ACLU sued, contending the plate unconstitutionally offers a single viewpoint without making the opposing view available.

A federal district court judge agreed with the ACLU but the state appealed that ruling. A federal appeals court heard arguments in the case last month, but has not yet issued a ruling.

The Wisconsin bill passed the Assembly in an overnight session crammed with contentious issues. It now goes to the Republican-dominated Senate.

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have the plates, which have raised as much as $17 million for anti-abortion groups, The Washington Post’s Govbeat blog reports, attributing it to Choose Life America, which has spearheaded the effort.

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service