Louisiana Choose Life License Plate Raises Over $64K for Pregnancy Centers
by Steven Ertelt
November 18, 2009
Baton Rouge, LA (LifeNews.com) — The Choose Life license plates in Louisiana have proved to be a boon to the work of pregnancy centers that provide tangible pregnancy help and abortion alternatives to women. The fund that receives the proceeds from the sales of the plates has donated tens of thousands of dollars to 20 different centers.
On Wednesday, Louisiana’s Choose Life License Plate Fund disbursed $64,421.20 equally to 20 agencies actively assisting women and babies in need.
The plate’s fund has now disbursed over $100,000 to qualifying agencies since its inception in 1999.
Two legal battles, which were decided in the Choose Life plate’s favor, stalled production from 2000-2002 and from 2003-2006, but the plates have been on sale ever since.
Benjamin Clapper, the director of the Louisiana Right to Life education committee, told LifeNews.com he’s elated at being able to make the announcement.
"Today, 20 heroic agencies, from Monroe to Metairie, will receive a little bit of help from drivers in Louisiana that proudly display a Choose Life license plate on their car," he said. "Amidst the many legal battles of the past 10 years, we are reminded today of the purpose of the plate: helping women and babies in need."
For every Choose Life license plate on the road, $25 a year is collected and placed in the Choose Life Fund.
According to Louisiana Revised Statute 47:463.61, the Louisiana Right to Life Educational Committee, Inc. is charged with the responsibility of distributing the funds to qualified agencies, that among other things, cannot participate in advocating or counseling for abortion in any way.
"We are confident these funds will assist these 20 agencies in offering healthy and life-affirming choices, such as adoption and parenting, to women," he said. "And of course, the more plates on the road, the more funds that will be available to these agencies, so get your plate today."
For more information on the Choose Life License Plate program, or for information on how to get a Choose Life Plate, visit www.ChooseLifeLA.org or call 1-866-463-5433.
Related web sites:
Louisiana Right to Life – https://www.ProLifeLouisiana.org
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