Arkansas Choose Life Plates Expected by Fall

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 26, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Arkansas Choose Life Plates Expected by Fall

by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 26, 2003

Little Rock, AR ( — A pro-life law authorizing the sale of Choose Life license plates in Arkansas goes into effect next month. The plates have not yet gone into production and officials say a sample plate must be approved first.

After that, Arkansas Right to Life, the organization that originally promoted the plate measure in the legislature, must pay $6,000 to produce the first run of one thousand plates.

Rose Mimms, executive director of Arkansas Right to Life, says she hopes the plates will be available by the fall. The plates will cost vehicle owners $35 in addition to the normal plate costs.

"We are confident that the Choose Life plate will be a
popular specialty plate, especially when people understand that
the money will go to promote and help women choose adoption," Mimms told

Twenty-five dollars from the plate proceeds goes to the Choose Life Adoption Assistance Program Fund and are distributed to organizations that help pregnant women and promote adoption such a pregnancy centers or adoption agencies. Proceeds may not go to businesses or organizations that perform or promote abortions.

"We plan to place Choose Life posters in all of the (125) Revenue offices to promote the plate," Mimms said.

Mimms was not aware of any possible legal action by abortion advocates who are suing other states that have issued Choose Life plates.

The legislature approved the plate during the session and pro-life Gov. Mike Huckabee signed the bill.