Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
We’re not fortunate to have this one, but we do have quite a collection.
OK, let’s get serious.
How would you feel about a Wisconsin license plate that proclaimed, “Choose Life”?
A federal appellate court has ruled that the state of Arizona must go along with an anti-abortion group’s request for a special “Choose Life” license plate.
The court based its ruling on the assertion that Arizona’s system of approving special license plates established, in essence, a public outlet for private speech. Therefore, the title, “Choose Life” could not be dismissed. Denying this particular plate would be a denial of First Amendment rights.
Way back in January 2002, the Arizona Life Coalition placed an application for “Choose Life” license plates.
They were rejected.
Now there’s a real shocker. So the Arizona Life Coalition sued the state of Arizona in September 2003.
What was the Coalition’s motivation?
For the answer, let’s go to the website of the Center for Reproductive Rights, an organization that strongly opposes “Choose Life” license plates. (Apparently, plates that would say something like, “Abort your baby” would be just fine with this bunch).
Here’s what their website says about these dastardly license plates:
“Choose Life" license plates are specialty plates that bear an anti-abortion message. Motorists who purchase the plates pay a fee above the cost of a standard license plate. The revenue generated from the sale is then funneled to non-profit, anti-abortion organizations, including so called "crisis pregnancy centers" that often promise comprehensive medical advice and services but deliver anti-abortion propaganda. Any organization that mentions abortion as a neutral option – including counseling, referrals or advertising – is prohibited from receiving any of the funds.
My goodness, how awful.
Because we all know, Planned Parenthood doesn’t raise or accept any money whatsoever for their campaign to kill the unborn.
A little over a handful of states have “Choose Life” license plates.
Can you imagine the pandemonium that would erupt if someone suggested Wisconsin adopt these special plates?
Why, we can’t promote the birth of children…….but a pro-abortion plate, now that’s a different subject.
Thank God for that appellate court in the Arizona case that ruled “Choose Life” is protected free speech.
Lefties love free speech……when it’s their speech. They hate when it’s speech that directly confronts their views because then they have to try to come up with facts to combat it, and ultimately, they lose the debate.
So they seek, instead, means to silence speech from the right rather than meet it head on.
How wonderful that sounds.