LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, provided testimony in the Senate Transportation Committee Thursday on his bill that would allow Michigan motorists to purchase license plates for their vehicles to help show their support for life-affirming choices.
More than half of the states in the country allow such plates, which are also offered to drivers who live in the capital district of Washington D.C.
“If passed into law, this legislation would allow the residents of Michigan to choose a ‘Choose Life’ license plate,” Sen. Colbeck said. “The plate would cost people who choose the design $35 in addition to their vehicle registration fees. Twenty-five dollars of this fee would go toward eligible nonprofit organizations and projects, while $10 would cover the cost of the plate.”
Senate Bill 163 would use funds raised from the sale of the plates to support organizations and projects that support life-affirming choices, such as counseling and abortion alternatives for at-risk mothers, adoption assistance, and suicide prevention services for veterans and others. Sen. Colbeck said assisting pregnant women through these services was especially important.
“The proceeds from the license plates enabled under this legislation would help satisfy the material needs of the mother such as diapers, gas money, or shelter, all within a loving environment that seeks what is best for the mother as well as the child in her womb,” Sen. Colbeck said. “But, we can go beyond that. We all know that the baby in the mother’s womb is not the only vulnerable life that is impacted by an unwanted pregnancy. The mother is also vulnerable: vulnerable to fear, vulnerable to financial hardships, vulnerable to a sense that they are all alone. They do not need to face these challenges by themselves, and funds from these plate sales will go toward helping them.”
A vote is expected on the legislation in the near future.