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Tennessee judge strikes down ‘Choose Lifeâ€TM tag

by Amanda Luker

Sept. 26, 2004 – A Tennessee federal judge ruled that a specialty license plate that read "Choose Life" was unconstitutional, citing viewpoint discrimination. US District Judge Todd Campbell based his finding on similar cases in other states, but refused to rule on whether the entire specialty license plate program was unconstitutional.

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Under Tennessee’s program, the "Choose Life" license plates are available for motorists who pay a fee annually. Half the funds raised from the fee go to an organization called New Life Resources, a spin-off from the anti-choice Tennessee Right to Life, with which it maintains direct ties.

The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood, two of the organizations that brought the suit in November, argued that the state did not provide an equal forum for a "Pro Choice" license plate, and in fact rejected such an option on two occasions.

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Amanda Luker is a contributing journalist.

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