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Court To Hear NC ‘Choose Life’ License Plate Case

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court in Virginia is set to hear arguments on whether North Carolina can offer anti-abortion license plates without making plates available to people who hold 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 will hear arguments from both sides Wednesday.

North Carolina lawmakers approved the “Choose Life” plate in 2011. They rejected proposals to also offer plates with the messages “Trust Women” and “Respect Choice.”

In 2004, the Richmond-based appeals court upheld a South Carolina judge’s ruling that the “Choose Life” plates in that state were unconstitutional.

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