'Choose Life' Plates Bill Causes Capitol Controversy
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MADISON, Wis. -- Republican Representatives have introduced bills in both the state senate and assembly that would allow the department of transportation to sell 'Choose Life' license plates.
State Senator Mary Lazich has joined Rep. Andre Jacque of De Pere in pushing the bill through both houses of the state legislature.
Representative Jacque says he wants the proceeds to go to crisis pregnancy centers in Wisconsin.
However, the bill has opposition. Jenni Dye of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin tells NBC26 She's skeptical about those facilities saying some centers provided inaccurate information about abortion and birth control.
UPDATE: A new bill that would help fund anti-abortion groups through license plate sales is stirring up controversy.
Republican lawmakers want the state to offer specialty plates that read Choose Life. The plates include an image of a baby’s footprint.
State Rep. Andre Jacque proposed the bill. The republican lawmakers says the plates have raised millions for anti-abortion groups. “It really helps these volunteer driven nonprofit organizations to be able to continue their mission of providing free medical care for those who find themselves in very difficult situations, to help them to choose a life giving option,” Rep. Jacque said.
The director of Pro-Choice Wisconsin has an issue with giving $25 from each plate to crisis pregnancy centers.
"They are actually providing women with medically inaccurate and disproved information. We have concerns about the state being involved in raising money for these groups that are essentially lying to women," said NAPRL director Jenni Dye.
Rep. Jacque the bill is being reviewed by the Transportation Committee and could receive a hearing fairly soon.
If approved, Wisconsin would become one of 29 states to offer the "Choose Life" license plate. In Florida, the program has raised more than $7 million since 2000, when the program began. But in North Carolina, a judge ruled the practice un-constitutional.