Appeals Court Considers Request for Pro-Life License Plates in New Jersey

April 14, 2009 - 3:04 PM
State motor vehicle agencies across the country are raising money by allowing drivers to buy specialty license plates that recognize everything from military units and colleges to sports teams and nonprofit groups.
Philadelphia (AP) - State motor vehicle agencies across the country are raising money by allowing drivers to buy specialty license plates that recognize everything from military units and colleges to sports teams and nonprofit groups.
 
But the effort is causing some legal headaches as well. Anti-abortion groups in several states are suing to demand plates bearing the message: "Choose Life."
 
In a case before a federal appeals court Tuesday, New Jersey officials argue the slogan does not meet their program's guidelines. The Children First Foundation, a New-York anti-abortion group, says the state is violating its free-speech rights.
 
Federal courts around the country have split on the issue. The three-judge panel did not indicate when it would rule on the New Jersey case.