"Choose Life" License Plates Blocked by Federal Judge
Production of Louisiana state license plates with the phrase "choose life" have been blocked by Federal District Judge Stanwood Richardson Duval Jr. Judge Duval ruled that the state was violating free speech provisions of the Constitution by producing license plates expressing only one side of the abortion debate. Louisiana lawmakers had passed a bill that would use taxpayer dollars to pay for the production and distribution of the plates. Proceeds from the sale of the specialty plates would have gone to anti-abortion groups. Judge Duval's ruling is temporary pending a trial.
Media Resources: Kaiser Daily Reproductive Health Report - August 31, 2000; Nando Times - August 29, 2000; CRLP Press - August 29, 2000]