My car is antiabortion too!

Federal appeals court rules Tennessee can issue "Choose Life" license plates.

Katharine Mieszkowski
March 17, 2006 10:57PM (UTC)

A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that the state of Tennessee can issue "Choose Life" license plates, the Associated Press reported.

The antiabortion license plates had been thrown out by a lower court, after abortion-rights groups complained that the state refused to issue "Choose Choice" plates. "Although this exercise of government one-sideness with respect to a very contentious political issue may be ill-advised, we are unable to conclude that the Tennessee statute contravenes the First Amendment," said Judge John Rogers of the 6th U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.


In Tennessee, the $25 fee for the "Choose Life" plates will fund agencies that help pregnant women give up their babies for adoption. We'd like to suggest that the state could use a similar $25 fee from a "Choose Choice" plate to fund agencies that provide contraception to low-income women, and prevent those unwanted pregnancies in the first place, but that seems pretty unlikely.

In the meantime, we look forward to the inevitable bumper stickers: "God is my copilot, and he made my license plate."

Katharine Mieszkowski

Katharine Mieszkowski is a senior writer for Salon.

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