Children First And Planned Parenthood Wage War Of Words

SHREWSBURY, N.J. (CBS 2) — A woman’s freedom to choose has taken to the roads.

New license plates pushing an anti-abortion pro-life position are about to arrive in New Jersey.

It has come after a long First Amendment battle, reports CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey.

On the road of life, drivers in New Jersey can finally choose it, life that is, on their license plates.

Dr. Elizabeth Rex of the Children First Foundation said the plate is all about adoption awareness.

“We’re happy,” Dr. Rex said. “You can’t choose adoption without choosing life.”

But an anti-abortion logo was initially denied by New Jersey’s Motor Vehicle Commission. Children First filed suit, accusing the state of “content-based and viewpoint-based discrimination,” pointing to the few dozen other organizations who have plates, including the freemasons, operational engineers and even square dancers.

“They’re all advocating — their logos, the tag lines,” Dr. Rex said.

A federal court agreed, issuing a decision that encouraged New Jersey to drop its legal fight and join 25 other states with “Choose Life” license plates.

But Planned Parenthood said the plates are a problem.

“I don’t think anyone deserves a platform for misinformation or scare tactics,” said Phyllis Kinsler, CEO of Planned Parenthood.

Kinsler said the “Choose Life” agencies also don’t deserve the money that comes from every driver who orders a plate.

“Now there will be increased funding for centers that acknowledge they provide only partial information on their best day,” Kinsler said.

“Choose Life” calls that characterization unfair.

With this six-year battle now over, all eyes now turn to New York, which has been fighting the “Choose Life” license plates since 2001. Backers of the plates said a decision from the federal court is expected anytime now.

Drivers have to first join the Children First organization of New Jersey before they can receive a license plate. The agency said so far a few hundred orders have been placed.

Comments (16)
  1. Theresa Walsh says:

    Hurray for the state of New Jersey. Nothing is more important than LIFE !!!!!

  2. Wil Kornegay says:

    I’d love to let Planned Parenthood sell a Choose Death tag. I don’t imagine they will sell well.

  3. mark crotcher says:

    Cool. Gives me a whole new group of right wing trash to cut off on the Parkway.

    1. Drew says:

      just TRY to cut me off on the parkway and your ass will be in court on reckless driving charges tough guy.

  4. Elżbieta says:

    I don’t know if a controversial subject like that should be emblazoned on a license plate. Sometimes I wonder if the pro-life stance is more about the stuff they have/sell, rather than the question of bodily autonomy, lol.

  5. aldous huxley says:

    Doesn’t matter anyway … eugenics is the wave of the future … Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Ted Turner, they’re all on board. 6 billion people is too many for the planet, according to them. Need to get the planet down to no more than 500 million. Check out the Georgia Guidestones. This is what the Chemtrails (not contrails) are all about. Absolutely fascinating stuff.

  6. cygon says:

    the biggest unscientific lie – that an embryo is not human – is harped by the pro-aborts and their liberturd supporters.

  7. derek says:

    Typical. People in Jersey can’t even spell “Sample” correctly. They should do the country a favor and “Choose Abortion.”

  8. Mark says:

    Too bad NJ has no good teams. Rutgers or Nets? Last I checked it’s the NY Yankees, Giants, & Mets!

    1. grant says:

      Don’t look to the pro teams … the minor league teams in both states are where the action is. Cheaper tickets … free parking … great seats and fun for the whole family … and these guys play their hearts out. Thankfully both NY & NJ has a bunch of great minor league teams.

      Oh yeah, and I keep a rusty coat hanger just in case … you know (wink wink).

  9. jeter1000 says:

    better ofd with a yankees plates

  10. Ryan says:

    It’s a good move by states to make money on plate fees. I’d sell the pro-choice plates next week. Not sure it’s good for license plates to promote controversial topics. Like save the wild life plates aren’t debating a sticky subject. Most states have college alumni plates. Do it! What ever make money! The abortion debate isn’t that important! Pro-lifers got to live with the fact that abortion is here to stay. With the world’s surging populations, it should be encouraged! No one is taking care of the kids they do have and society is having to pay the cost with poor education, crime and tons of latch key kids growing up into criminals. Lets take care of a few kids that people actaully want and stop wasting our time trying to keep fetuses alive that are doomed either way!

  11. TonyT says:

    Live should always be chosen. People can’t get rid of babys just because they changed their mind. The other partner may want it or their are plenty of people who would adopt. Suppose a husband and wife agree to have a baby. Lets say that three month into the pregnacy they dedide to split up. Should not the husband be able to have his baby that they both agreed to have?

  12. Mike says:

    I’d get it just to tik off the liberals.

  13. Rich says:

    Not sure how this affects a woman’s freedom to choose as implied by the first sentence of this article, but I don’t see anything wrong with the sentiment expressed by the license plate. Would they prefer one that said “Choose Abortion”?

  14. Ronny Smith says:

    This is what I call news!

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