A bill to allow the creation of a “Choose Life” specialty license plate resurfaced Monday in the North Carolina Senate. The bill has been filed in previous legislative sessions as far back as 2008, though it’s never advanced. Democratic leaders in the House and Senate wouldn’t touch the bill with a 10-foot pole, but now, under Republican leadership, pro-choice advocates should be concerned with the bill’s possible success.
“But it’s just a specialty plate,” you say. “They aren’t requiring people to buy them. What’s the big deal?”
Never before has the state sanctioned a specialty plate with a decidedly political message or aim. The bill would also shuffle the money generated by each sale to the Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship, a network of religiously-affiliated pregnancy crisis centers that, as the bill requires, denies women information about all of their legal and medical options. Continue reading this post…
A N.C. House committee has given their tentative approval to a new specialty license plate. A portion of the new “Choose Life” (as in “pro-life,” anti-abortion) tag’s proceeds would be donated to crisis pregnancy (i.e. anti-abortion) care centers.
Planned Parenthood speaks (h/t CapBlog):
Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina spokeswoman Paige Johnson said her group opposes the bill and believes legislative leaders won’t support allocating money for centers that fail to provide information to women about all of their options if they are pregnant.
If Planned Parenthood really believes that, then they are out of their minds.
One sizable constituency and voting bloc
+ One bill that voting bloc loves
Instant Political Capital
Yeah. Planned Parenthood has barely a chance. Maybe they should work on a “Defend Choice” tag. Let’s see how much the Right goes stark-raving mad then. Actually… that would be kind of funny to watch.