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S.C.'s ‘Choose Life’ license plates prompt lawsuit

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — Planned Parenthood of South Carolina has asked a federal judge to block the state from issuing anti-abortion "Choose Life" license plates, which the group says are unconstitutional.

Attorney Peter Murphy, who filed the lawsuit on Tuesday, said it's a violation of free speech for the state to provide a forum for one political view but not opposing views.

Attorney General Charlie Condon vowed to fight the suit all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary.

"Just as the federal government can constitutionally place the message 'In God We Trust' on its currency, the state of South Carolina can place the message 'Choose Life' on its license plates," Condon said.

Similar plates have been challenged in the courts in Florida and Louisiana.

Gov. Jim Hodges signed a law on Sunday allowing the state to issue the plates. Planned Parenthood asked lawmakers to also offer plates saying something like "Choose Choice," but they did not do so.

Anyone who wants a "Choose Life" plate must pay an extra $70 every two years. The money goes toward private pregnancy programs that work to curb abortions by providing food, shelter, clothing, education, medical care and adoption services.