Abortion Proponent Dismisses Challenge to Arkansas's "Choose Life" License Plate

Oct 7, 2005

Abortion proponent Tamara Brackett dismissed her federal lawsuit which sought to strike down the Choose Life Statute along with the entire system of authorizing specialty and vanity license plates. Last year, Judge Harry Barnes granted Liberty Counsel's request to intervene on behalf of several pro-life groups to defend the Arkansas "Choose Life" license plate. Mathew D. Staver, President and General Counsel of Liberty Counsel, and Rena Lindevaldsen, Senior Litigation Counsel, represent Hannah Medical Center, Life Choices, Inc. (crisis pregnancy centers), Rose Mimms and Debora Griffin (who purchased the plate).

In order to prevent the "Choose Life" specialty plate, Tamara Brackett sought to eliminate every specialty plate. Sponsors of other specialty plates include the Disabled American Veterans; Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients; Purple Heart Medal Recipients; Ex-Prisoners of War; Military Reserve Members; U.S. Armed Forces Retirees; Pearl Harbor Survivors; Active and Retired Firefighters; Universities and Colleges; World War II, Korean War, Vietnam and Persian Gulf Veterans; Armed Forces Veterans; Retired Arkansas State Troopers; Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients; Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Education, Research and Awareness; and Organ Donor Awareness, to name just a few.

The dismissal of the Arkansas suit comes on the heels of the ruling by a federal court in Ohio which threw out a similar challenge to Ohio's "Choose Life" specialty plate. In the Ohio ruling, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, Inc. v. Taft, federal Judge Donald Nugent ruled that the Tax Injunction Act prohibits federal courts from enjoining an assessment, levy or collection of any tax under state law when state courts offer a "plain, speedy and efficient remedy." Liberty Counsel was also involved in the Ohio case and filed a motion to dismiss the suit. Arkansas federal Judge Harry Barnes has now approved the dismissal against the Arkansas Choose Life Statute in the case of Brackett v. Weiss.

Mathew Staver commented, "We are pleased that the lawsuit against Arkansas's 'Choose Life' specialty plate has been dismissed. The animosity of abortion advocates against the 'Choose Life' message is incredible. To silence the 'Choose Life' plate, they have no shame in trying to eliminate the specialty plates of war veterans, firefighters, police officers, universities or breast cancer research programs."