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Judge Temporarily Blocks 'Choose Life' License Plates

Posted August 29, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT

— A federal judge is blocking Louisiana from issuing anti-abortion license plates.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval says lawmakers should not have approved the ``Choose Life'' tags because they express only one side of a volatile issue.

The judge says free speech provisions in the Constitution require license plate designs to be neutral.

The ruling is temporary pending trial. But it is a victory, at least for now, for abortion-rights advocates who sued.

The plates say "Choose Life" and depict a baby, wrapped in a blanket, carried in the beak of the state bird -- a brown pelican.

The only other state with a "Choose Life" plate is Florida -- and those plates are also being challenged in court.