Antiabortion activist ChristyAnne Collins refuses to put Fairfax County's vehicle decal on her car. It touts the county as the "Home of the Bill of Rights," a document she says was canceled by the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

Collins lost an appeal yesterday in Fairfax Circuit Court of her conviction for improper display of the sticker after she told a judge she doesn't believe in its message.

"I don't want to promote that. I think that's a lie," said Collins, 35, who has been arrested many times at local antiabortion demonstrations carrying a bullhorn and a jar containing a fetus she calls "Baby Stephen."

In an impassioned argument yesterday before Judge Quinlan H. Hancock, Collins said her June conviction in General District Court was wrong.

"I believe the Bill of Rights . . . died on January 22, 1973," she said. "When the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade, it completely negated the fact the Bill of Rights protects us and our posterity. Posterity is defined as those yet not born.

"I will not display {the sticker}. I will quit using an automobile before I display it."

Collins was pulled over by Officer D.A. Butchko on May 6 on Rolling Road when he did not see a county sticker on her windshield. When the officer stopped her, he testified, he noticed identification numbers from a sticker on the windshield.

Collins told him that she cut the identification numbers off the sticker and placed them in her window. She stored the rest of the sticker with her receipt in her glove compartment, so that when she is stopped by police she could show she has paid her property tax.

Collins said she has been stopped about 15 times for not having the sticker on her windshield. She asked the judge yesterday to enjoin the county from issuing any further tickets, citing a Supreme Court case in which a New Hampshire resident refused to display a car license plate with the state motto, "Live Free or Die."

In that case, George Maynard, a Jehovah's Witness, said he found the motto at odds with his moral, religious and political beliefs so he covered the motto on his license plates.

Chief Justice Warren E. Burger agreed, ruling that a state cannot constitutionally require an individual to participate in "dissemination of ideological message."

Collins said the county was "forcing me to become a billboard for an ideological message I believe to be an untruth."

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Grace E. Burke said in an interview that the Fairfax sticker's message, "Home of the Bill of Rights," is a statement of fact and not an ideological message like New Hampshire's motto.

Fairfax was home to George Mason, one of the Bill of Rights' authors.

Hancock, without commenting on Collins' arguments, found her guilty of the misdemeanor and imposed a $25 fine. Collins said she will appeal the case to the state Court of Appeals.