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Supreme Court permits sale of ‘Choose Life’ plates in La.

WASHINGTON (BP)–The U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for Louisiana to continue to sell “Choose Life” auto license plates.

The high court rejected Dec. 2 an appeal by abortion-rights advocates, thereby allowing a federal appeals court ruling in favor of the pro-life plates to stand.

A 1999 state law established the specialty plate, which features the words “Choose Life” and the depiction of a baby in a blanket held in the beak of a pelican, Louisiana’s state bird, according to The New Orleans Times-Picayune. After legal delays, the plate went on sale Nov. 1, and 192 of the licenses have been sold since then, The Times-Picayune reported.

Six other states — Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Mississippi, Oklahoma and South Carolina — have approved similar pro-life plates, according to the newspaper.

The “Choose Life” plate costs $61.50 for two years, in addition to the normal license fee, the newspaper reported. From this cost, $25 will go each year to the state for distribution to organizations that offer abortion alternatives, such as adoption agencies and crisis pregnancy centers, according to the report.

In 2000, a federal judge blocked the state from issuing the plates. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned that decision earlier this year, ruling the abortion-rights advocates seeking to bar the plates did not have standing to sue, The Times-Picayune reported.
(BP) photo posted in the BP Photo Library at http://www.bpnews.net. Photo title: CHOOSE LIFE.

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