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State Senate Considers ‘Choose Life’ License Plates

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(WWJ Photo/Sandra McNeil, File)

(WWJ Photo/Sandra McNeil, File)

LANSING (WWJ) – Michigan could soon be added to the list of states that offer “Choose Life” license plates as the senate reviews a bill to allow their sale.

Proceeds from the specialty plates would go to the Choose Life Michigan fund, administered by the Secretary of State.

It wouldn’t be the only fund-raising plate Michigan offers. Currently there are license plates to support programs like the Boy Scouts and organ donation.

But Regional Planned Parenthood President Lori Lamerand said this is a different type of cause.

“The believe around the anti-abortion group is largely religious, so this has a very religious bend,” Lamerand told WWJ Newsradio 950.

“And, frankly, at this dire time in our economy, it wouldn’t be supporting a pro-choice license plate either. This isn’t where our resources need to be going,” she said.

Senator Patrick Colbeck, who represents Western Wayne County and introduced the bill, said people have no reason to oppose it, because buying the plate is optional.

“This isn’t a case where we’ve got mandated programs like we have in the Affordable Care Act coming out of the federal government, where there are actually dedicated slots for community Planned Parenthood,” said Colbeck. “I mean, it’s built right into the legislation. So, they’ve got cases like … There is already a lot of government motion in that capacity already.”

Right now, roughly half of the nation’s states either offer Choose Life plates or are considering doing so.

What do you think? Should the plates be offered in Michigan? Comment below.

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