North Carolina House Committee Approves Measure With Choose Life Plate
by Steven Ertelt
May 28, 2008
Raleigh, NC (LifeNews.com) — A North Carolina House committee approved legislation on Wednesday for a group of affinity license plates, including a Choose Life tag. The House Transportation Committee signed off on the measure and now the legislation goes to the House Finance Committee.
Seth Dobson, the chairman of Charlotte Right to Life and a board member of the North Carolina Choose Life group promoting the plates, told LifeNews.com that none of the members of the panel voiced any concerns about the Choose Life message.
"I am encouraged by this development," Dobson said after passage of HB 932.
"We hope this will mean that the Finance Committee and the rest of the General Assembly understand that North Carolinians want to be a part of what’s taking place with this plate –promoting positive alternatives while generating much needed revenue for the agencies that offer them," he told LifeNews.com.
Despite popular support for the plate, Planned Parenthood officials strongly oppose it.
"These license plates are specialty plates that bear an anti-choice message," the group said an email LifeNews.com obtained asking its members to urge legislators to vote no.
Planned Parenthood complained that the funds from the plate will go to pregnancy centers that provide women with real choices and tangible help in an unplanned pregnancy.
As the abortion business claimed, the centers "promise comprehensive medical advice and services but deliver anti-choice propaganda."
Planned Parenthood also complained it would be ineligible to receive funds because it does abortions while the plate’s goals are to promote adoption and helping women in crisis pregnancies.
The approval of the Choose Life plate comes after significant hard work from pro-life groups in the state, including North Carolina Right to Life and North Carolina Pro-Life Democrats.
The Tar Heel State is home to over 100 specialized license plates promoting everything from Save the Sea Turtle to NASCAR driver Greg Biffle.
The Choose Life tag was tied up in the Transportation Committee for five years and now, residents may be closer to having tags available. Fifteen dollars of every plate purchased would provide much needed funds for pregnancy support centers.
Ultimately, the Choose Life plates across the nation have raised over $8.7 million and over 400,000 plates have been sold or renewed in the 17 states that currently have the plate available.
Also on Wednesday, South Carolina officials unveiled the new artwork for a Choose Life plate there.
ACTION: Contact members of the North Carolina House and urge strong support for HB 932 and the Choose Life plate. Go to https://www.ncga.state.nc.us/House/House.html for contact information.