The North Carolina House yesterday approved a measure allowing for the purchase of a “Choose Life” license plate, similar to the one currently sold in Florida.
In a 70-44 vote, the House authorized the sale of the plates, which will cost $25, with the bulk of the proceeds ($15 per plate) going toward crisis pregnancy centers. In May, the House struck down an amendment that would have allowed for the sale of a “Trust Women, Respect Choice” plate.
According to an article published on LifeNews.com, Choose Life Florida’s Russ Amerling played a role in getting the plates in North Carolina:
NC Right to Life, the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Charlotte and Raleigh, NC Baptist Association, Russ Amerling, National Director of Choose Life license plates, The Family Policy Council of NC, Civitas NC, The Christian Action League, and NC Pro-Life Democrats all support the plates. There are currently 80 pregnancy centers across the Tar Heel State that served more than 46,000 women, men and families last year.
Proceeds from Florida’s “Choose Life” plates go toward both crisis pregnancy centers and organizations that help meet the physical needs of pregnant women making adoption plans for their children.
Prior to a recently passed bill, the majority of the funds (70 percent) were required to go toward aiding physical needs, and only 30 percent could go toward advertising or counseling services. Amerling teamed up with state Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, to pass a bill removing the 70/30 split, but Fasano has been vocal in stating his hope that the funds continue aiding physical needs of pregnant women. Crisis pregnancy centers are largely religious organizations that offer no real health services and have been found to disseminate false information regarding abortion.
As previously reported by our sister site, North Carolina Rep. Diane Parfitt, D-Fayetteville, had offered an amendment to add a “Trust Women, Respect Choice” to the proposed plate list. That amendment was shot down in a 14-11 vote.
North Carolina joins more than 25 states that currently offer “Choose Life” plates.