Friday, March 17, 2006
Tennessee Government Silencing Pro-Choicers
Today, a federal appeals court overturned a lower court ruling, which said that it was unconstitutional for Tennessee to sell choose life specialty license plates.

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati overturned a lower-court ruling that said the tag illegally promoted only one side of the abortion debate.

"Although this exercise of government one-sidedness with respect to a very contentious political issue may be ill-advised, we are unable to conclude that the Tennessee statute contravenes the First Amendment," Judge John M. Rogers said in a 2-1 ruling.

I am not a lawyer so I really don’t have any type of expert opinion on this. Honestly, though, I think that it probably isn’t unconstitutional for the state to offer these plates. I really don’t understand why it would be.

This, though, is what really gets me:
Abortion-rights proponents complained the state does not offer those with other political views a similar way to express them. An attempt to create a "Choose Choice" tag failed in the Legislature in 2002

I do not understand why a state’s government would try to censor a certain moral opinion. What makes them think that they need to not allow a certain legal belief to be publicized? I think that the Tennessee government has forgotten that they represent all people, not just those that have a certain moral belief.

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