Plate Tectonics

From Holden:

The Supreme Court rejects South Carolina’s “Choose Life” license plates.

The Supreme Court declined Monday to consider whether states may offer license plates with anti-abortion messages, leaving lower courts divided over whether the programs in a dozen states unconstitutionally restrict dissenting views.

Without comment, justices let stand a lower court ruling that said South Carolina’s license plates, which bear the slogan “Choose Life,” violate the First Amendment because abortion rights supporters weren’t given a similar forum to express their beliefs.

The high court’s move means that South Carolina will either have to eliminate the specialty plates or begin offering plates with abortion-rights views. That ruling is at odds, however, with a prior decision by the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which essentially allowed the plates because it said abortion rights advocates didn’t have standing to bring a lawsuit in the case.


Since that 5th Circuit ruling, abortion rights advocates have modified their suit into an overall challenge of Louisiana’s specialty plate system. A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit is currently reviewing the case after hearing arguments last April.

The way this article was written you would think that it was a wash (thanks, AssPress).

It wasn’t.

The only case before the Court regarding this topic was South Carolina’s appeal. The Court rejected it without comment. They made no ruling on the 5th Circuit’s case because it has not been appealed to them yet. This is indeed a victory for free speech, as well as the nation’s pro-choice majority.

It goes without saying that the various [red] states are promoting anti-choice political speech while repressing the pro-choice argument. Even this benighted Court can’t bring themselves to allow the First Ammendment to be violated so egregiously.