LANSING, Mich.-Michigan motorists might soon be able to help women facing unplanned pregnancies if legislation introduced in the Senate by Senator Patrick Colbeck and in the House by Representative Tom Hooker becomes law.
Senate Bill 84, sponsored by Colbeck (R-Canton), and House Bill 4140 introduced by Hooker (R-Byron Center) would authorize the creation of a Choose Life specialty vehicle license plate. Funds raised from the sale of the plates would go to support organizations and projects that promote abortion-alternatives.
“With passage of this legislation we can offer more life-affirming services to women in Michigan facing unplanned pregnancies,” said Colbeck. “It will provide drivers a way to promote abortion alternatives and protect the lives of the most helpless members of our society.”
“This legislation is another positive step we can take to protect our state’s most vulnerable citizens,” said Hooker. “Encouraging and promoting abortion alternatives such as adoption to women facing an unplanned pregnancy will help preserve the sanctity of life while giving more Michigan families looking to adopt the opportunity to provide forever homes.”
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, they also teach parenting skills and do much to encourage the involvement of fathers in the lives of their children.
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.
Choose Life Michigan is a special committee of Right to Life of Michigan that will facilitate the awarding of grant funds generated by the Choose Life plate sales. The committee will be charged with raising $15,000 in seed funds to initiate the plate, directing the grant review and award process, and providing annual reports to the state on the distribution of the funds. As a committee of a registered Michigan non-profit organization, Choose Life Michigan will also undergo an annual independent audit.
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 go to the Senate Committee on Transportation for consideration and HB 4140 has been sent to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.