Choose Life Plate Considered
Special Report - May 12, 2011
On Tuesday, the House Transportation committee heard HB 289Authorize Various Special Plates, a bill that would authorize a host of new specialty license plates for North Carolina drivers. Among the multitude of new plates to be added is the “Choose Life” specialty license plate, which pro-life advocates have been urging the General Assembly to authorize for nearly a decade.
Following an explanation from the bill’s primary sponsor, Rep. Mitch Gillespie (RMcDowell), the committee opened up the floor for discussion from committee members. The committee discussion mainly revolved around the inclusion of the “Choose Life” plate.
Rep. Diane Parfitt (DCumberland) quickly put forth an amendment to add a pro-abortion specialty license plate to the list, reading “Trust Women, Respect Choice.” Rep. Gillespie, primary sponsor of HB 289 and a longtime sponsor of legislation to add the “Choose Life” specialty plate, opposed the amendment, but various members expressed support for authorizing a plate that represented the opposite side of the abortion debate, claiming that it was simply a matter of fairness.
Rep. Becky Carney (DMecklenburg) voiced her support of the amendment, saying that both sides deserved to be represented because of the right to free speech under the First Amendment. Rep. Ray Rapp (DMadison) urged members to take both plates out of the bill altogether, arguing that the state should not allow license plates to become political “billboards.”
Rep. Parfitt’s amendment to add the pro-abortion specialty license plate failed by a vote of 11-14. The committee then adjourned, promising to hear further debate on HB 289 at its next meeting. If the committee keeps to its usual meeting schedule of Tuesdays at 12 noon, then the next meeting would be May 17.
“It is interesting that abortion supporters in North Carolina suddenly want their own license plate, when, to the best of our knowledge, they have never put forth that idea before,” commented Bill Brooks, president of the North Carolina Family Policy Council. Brooks continued, “The Choose Life plate, on the other hand, has been waiting to be considered by the General Assembly for almost a decade.”
"Choose Life" Bill Introduced- February 17, 2011
Choose Life Month - January 10, 2011
2011 Radio Show with Eva Ritchey - 2011
Choose Life Not Chosen Again - June 18, 2010
Choose Life Lawsuit Possible - May 27, 2010
Choose Life Plate Gets Billboard Boost - October 20, 2009
Unequal Treatment - FNC - July/August 2009
"Choose Life" Advocates Move Forward - June 1, 2009
"Choose Life" Plate Redesigned- April 17, 2009
In Some States Motorists Can "Choose Life"- January 31, 2008
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