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Texas Lawmakers Give Green Light to Anti-Abortion License Plates

Choose Life

Twenty-four states currently offer license plates with an anti-abortion message

A bill allowing the Department of Motor Vehicles in Texas to raise money for anti-abortion causes received an early OK from the House today.

If the governor signs it into law, Texas will be the 25th state to allow “Choose Life” license plates, which will raise funds for organizations that deal with crisis pregnancies and encourage pregnant women to consider adoption instead of abortion by providing prenatal care, food, clothing and shelter.

Adoption is a fine option for unwanted pregnancies, to be sure, but unfortunately there wouldn’t be an alternative, pro-choice license plates available for people in Texas to choose from.

Democrats offered amendments to the bill to change the tone of the license plates from “Choose Life” to “Choose Adoption,” and to redirect funds to early childhood intervention programs, but the amendments were quashed.

Democrats also argued the license plates were discriminatory since other organizations weren’t being given a chance to raise money for related causes, like Planned Parenthood. The Republicans, however, were unmoved.

It makes me nauseous than when lawmakers try — even in subtle ways — to limit a woman’s access to the legal choices she can make as they relate to her body. I think the lawmakers in Texas should be ashamed of themselves for not allowing the bill to be broader to include alternatives for women who don’t think adoption is the best option for them, particularly since abortion is very much on the books in this country.

For women who are pro life as well as pro choice, stories like this one are particularly difficult to swallow and stomach.

What do you think of the “Choose Life” license plates in Texas?

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