California Lawmaker Proposes Pro-Abortion License Plate to Fund Planned Parenthood

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Mar 6, 2017   |   6:35PM   |   Sacramento, California

Many states have “Choose Life” license plates that allow drivers to promote the value of every human life.

But one California lawmaker wants her state to have a license plate to honor a late-term abortionist and to fund abortion chains like Planned Parenthood.

In February, California state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, a Democrat from Santa Barbara, proposed a measure to create a new pro-abortion “California Trusts Women” license plate, according to the LA Times.

Each plate would cost $50, and 7,500 people would have to order them before the state would begin production, according to the report. Proceeds from the sales of the license plates would go to abortion groups like Planned Parenthood.

“Frankly, this is something the government should protect,” Jackson said. “Reproductive choice is a fundamental right that’s been reaffirmed in the courts since Roe vs. Wade. This is not just about abortion services.”

Jackson’s proposal would include a design contest for the license plates. The state NARAL affiliate is lobbying for the effort, according to the report.

The motto “trust women” comes from former late-term abortionist George Tiller, who was shot and killed near his Kansas abortion clinic in 2009, the report states. According to those close to him, Tiller often used the phrase to promote his work.

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Pro-abortion California attorney Gloria Allred told the LA Times that Tiller was one of her heroes, and she is excited about Jackson’s proposal. She said she hopes to buy the pro-abortion plates for three of her “older-model” cars.

A few states have pro-abortion license plates as a counter to the pro-life “Choose Life” plates that have become popular in dozens of states. The pro-life plates currently are available in about 30 states; California is not one of them, according to the organization that promotes the effort.

The “Choose Life” organization reports the license plates have raised millions of dollars to help pregnant and parenting families and adoptions. In the Midwest, Indiana raised $650,000, and Ohio raised more than $500,000. Both states have more than 25,000 vehicles with “Choose Life” plates, according to the organization.

Last spring, North Carolina won a long court battle when the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that its “Choose Life” license plates, approved by the legislature in 2011, are constitutional.

The battle over the North Carolina pro-life plates went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015, LifeNews reported. The high court ordered the 4th Circuit Court, which previously struck down the law, to reconsider the case in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in another license plate case, Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans.