Posted: 11/07/2008 - Appeals court shoots down 'Choose Life' plates Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. CHICAGO (AP) -- A federal appeals court says Illinois doesn't have to issue specialty license plates bearing the slogan "Choose Life" favored by anti-abortion forces. The three-judge panel said a decision by Illinois lawmakers not to authorize the "Choose Life" plate was "viewpoint neutral and reasonable" and thus didn't violate anyone's constitutional right to free speech. The decision Friday reversed a January 2007 decision by federal Judge David Coar ordering Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White to issue the plates.