A federal court has temporarily stopped the distribution of the "Choose Life" license plates. The license plates, approved by the General Assembly in June, were scheduled to be distributed by the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles to drivers willing to pay a $25 premium.
U.S. District Court Judge James Foxx of the state's Eastern District issued a temporary restraining order Nov. 28 pending the outcome of a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.
The Choose Life plates were approved by the legislature after a seven-year effort on the part of supporters. Both Charlotte Bishop Peter Jugis and Raleigh Bishop Michael Burbidge supported the plates.
The state already issues specialty license plates for everything from the Blue Ridge Parkway to NASCAR.
Pending the outcome of the trial, funds raised from the plates' sales will be distributed through the Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship in support of education for women considering an abortion.
— David Hains, director of communications
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FROM THE PASTORS
Read and listen to homilies posted regularly by pastors at parishes within the Diocese of Charlotte:
- Fr. Roger Arnsparger at St. John the Baptist in Tryon
- Fr. Frank Cancro at Queen of the Apostles
- Fr. Jason Christian at St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Fr. Patrick Earl at St. Peter in Charlotte
- Fr. Matthew Kauth at St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Fr. Timothy Reid at St. Ann in Charlotte
- Fr. Christopher Riehl's archive from St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Fr. Benjamin Roberts at Our Lady of Lourdes in Monroe. Listen to homily podcasts.
- Fr. Joshua Voitus at St. Mary, Mother of God Parish in Sylva, including homilies in Spanish
- Fr. Patrick Winslow at St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Gospel reflection videos from St. Matthew Church
- Watch full Masses live and on demand, listen to homilies and reflections from Sacred Heart Church in Salisbury
- Listen and watch homilies from St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Listen to homilies from St. William Catholic Church in Murphy