'Choose Life' vanity plates

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If you're driving Tennessee in the near future, visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame or Dollywood maybe, you might pull up behind a car whose state-issued license plate matches its bumper stickers: "A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Friday voted 2-1 to uphold a Tennessee statute that authorizes the production and sale of "Choose Life" specialty license plates," according to Kaiser.

That's right, despite the fact that in 2002 the legislature voted against "Choose Choice" plates (sure, it's a crappy slogan, but that's not the issue...), the federal judges overruled an earlier opinion that this would constitute "viewpoint discrimination."

New Life Resources, who will collect the money from these vanity plates, "contends the plate's message is similar to government-sponsored public service announcements urging people to quit smoking or students to stay in school."

No but, see, that's the point. Nobody seriously argues for the freedom of smoking delinquency. Many people do argue for women's reproductive freedoms. According to the AP, "Shortly after the ruling, Kentucky state officials said that they would begin offering Choose Life license plates in a few months." (Kaiser)

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