by Steven Ertelt
May 26, 2006
Hartford, CT (LifeNews.com) — The state of Connecticut has stopped sales of the Choose Life license plate there after Attorney General Richard Blumenthal wrote the state department of motor vehicles and claimed the pro-life group that sponsored the plates was not eligible to promote them there.
The Connecticut motor vehicle department said it would stop issuing the plates on Bluemnthal’s recommendation while it investigates whether the Children First Foundation qualifies to have the specialty plate.
The group qualified for the plates in 2003 but Blumenthal and a Democratic state legislator say the New York-based organization doesn’t do enough in Connecticut to warrant giving them the opportunity to sponsor the Choose Life plates.
Blumenthal, in a letter to DMV Commissioner Ralph Carpenter, said the Children First Foundation has "negligible, if any, `operations’ in Connecticut, much less a base of operations in this state."
Elizabeth Rex, the president of the Children First Foundation, who lives in New York, told the Hartford Courant newspaper she was surprised by the news and said Blumenthal never notified her that there were any problems.
She pointed to several letters from Connecticut lawmakers who said her group had done good work in the state promoting adoption over the years. The Courant said the letters came from pro-abortion Sen. Joe Lieberman, Govs. John Rowland and Jodi Rell, and even Blumenthal himself.
The paper reported Blumenthal wrote Rex’s group on March 2003 and told Rex that the organization had done "outstanding work" to help abandoned children find adoptive homes. He expressed his "deepest appreciation and admiration."
"I’ll be happy to answer any questions and concerns that anyone has," Rex told the Hartford paper.
Rex said her group is based in New York but is considered a "tri-state" operation that does adoption work there but also in New Jersey and Connecticut.
"This is the third time we’ve cooperated with the DMV," Rex told the Courant. "We dealt with their legal department and gave them all our papers, and they approved our plates."
Approximately 200 state residents have purchased the Choose Life license plates for their automobiles and feature the group’s web site address. They have resulted in Rex’s group distributing at least $2,000 to adoption organizations.
Rep. Roberta Willis, a Democrat from Salisbury raised the initial concerns about the plates when she received complaints from pro-abortion constituents.