‘Choose Life’ license plate passes Senate

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LANSING, Mich.—The Michigan Senate passed Senate Bill 84 on Wednesday to create a “Choose Life” specialty license plate for Michigan motorists, said bill sponsor Sen. Patrick Colbeck.

Under the measure, funds raised from the sale of the plates would go to support organizations and projects that promote abortion alternatives.

“With this legislation, our citizens will have the ability to choose to support services on behalf of some of the most vulnerable members of our society—women facing unplanned pregnancies and their unborn babies,” said Colbeck, R-Canton. “There are many individuals and organizations throughout our state who truly care about their well-being.

“The passage of SB 84 would provide the mother, the baby and those who look after them with the resources they need to meet their material needs as well as give them the priceless resource of hope.”

Proceeds from the Choose Life plate will go, in part, to support pregnancy resource centers that provide direct material support to pregnant women and their babies. These centers not only provide maternity clothing, baby clothes, diapers, cribs, car seats, toys and other items, but they also teach parenting skills.

Funding will also provide opportunities to promote adoption and educate the public and at-risk groups about abortion alternatives. Special outreach efforts to teens and college students will be an important aspect of community education.

“The Choose Life message is a simple message,” said Colbeck. “It is a message of love: love for the unborn baby; love for the mother facing an unplanned pregnancy; love for a nation founded on the principle that governments are instituted to secure our constitutional, unalienable right to life.”

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have authorized Choose Life license plates, generating more than $21 million for life-promoting activities.

SB 84 will now go to the House for consideration.