Wisconsin is latest to try 'Choose Life' plates

11/20/2013 1:59 PM

11/20/2013 2:00 PM

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.

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