Rhode Island Governor Chafee Vetoes Choose Life License Plate

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 17, 2013   |   10:28AM   |   Providence,RI

Governor Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island extended his pro-abortion record further by vetoing a bill the state legislature approved allowing motorists to purchase Choose Life license plates for their vehicles.

The measure is similar to bills in other states that allow sales of the plates to fund adoptions or support pregnancy centers that provide women with abortion alternatives. But Chafee wants no part of allowing drivers to purchase such plates.

Abortion backers urged Chafee to veto the bill, saying “the state should not inject itself into the emotional and contentious debate surrounding abortion.”

Barth E. Bracy, Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Right to Life Committee, responded to the veto in an email to LifeNews.

“The Choose Life License Plate was approved by an overwhelmingly Democratic Rhode Island General Assembly to support the positive choices of infant adoption and the Rhode Island Safe Haven program,” he explained.

Bracy said: “The Choose Life Plate is already available in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Governor Chafee’s veto reveals an extremism on abortion that is consistent with his position on the national board of NARAL but is grossly out-of-step with other New England Democrats. A man who speaks of tolerance while stifling the free speech of those who disagree with him can only be regarded as a hypocrite.”

Russ Amerling, National Publicity Coordinator for the Choose Life license plate effort of Choose Life America, was also disappointed by the veto.

“Choose Life America has worked closely with Rhode Island Right to Life to help them get the plate approved and we continue to standby our goal of seeing a Choose Life specialty license plate in all 50 states. Twenty-nine states now offer the plate and groups are working in 17 more. They have raised over $18 million for the cause of life and adoption in those states,” he said.



Elizabeth Rex of the Children First Foundation said the opposition to the plate from “pro-choice” groups was notable.

“To the surprise and shock of many “pro-choice” legislators, several aggressive abortion rights organizations, including Planned Parenthood, that have never had any problem injecting their “emotional and contentious” abortion rights agenda upon the legislators and the taxpayers of Rhode Island, suddenly have a huge problem with “pro-choice” legislators who dare to show their support for two positive alternative choices — adoption and safe havens — as proposed in the Choose Life plate bill,” she said.

She concluded: “Ultimately, is Governor Chafee really “pro-choice” or is he just “pro-abortion?”

ACTION: Contact Governor Chafee at https://www.governor.ri.gov/contact/