Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Pro-choice

James Taranto comments on a strange court ruling:
"A federal judge has ruled a North Carolina plan to offer license plates supporting the pro-life movement unconstitutional, saying the state cannot issue the plates without offering a similar product for the opposing viewpoint," FoxNews.com reports:
[Judge James] Fox said in his judgement that the state's plan violates the First Amendment. The proposed license plate featured two children with the words "Choose Life" printed above them.

"The State's offering of a Choose Life license plate in the absence of a pro-choice plate constitutes viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment," he said according to MyFox8.
Wait, how is it "pro-choice" to object to the slogan "choose life"? The first word is "choose"! It must be that they aren't really pro-choice but pro-a-particular-choice, whatever choice is the opposite of death. So why doesn't North Carolina just offer a "Choose Death" license plate? Or if that's too morbid, "Don't Choose Life"?
'There Will Be Blood' - WSJ.com