Lawmakers may revisit pro-choice license plates

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Georgia offers a Choose Life license plate, but currently does not offer a pro-choice option.

ATLANTA - A court ruling in North Carolina may prompt a new fight over pro-choice license plates in Georgia.

A license plate that says “Choose Life” is just one of 125 specialty plates available to drivers in Georgia, but there is no tag supporting the other viewpoint.

State Sen. Gloria Butler, a Democrat from Stone Mountain, told Channel 2’s Sophia Choi that she is now reviewing the amendment she introduced in 2005 for a pro-choice license plate. The measure came shortly after the General Assembly approved pro-life plates.

"I would feel vindicated if I can introduce it again and get support for it," Butler said. "When you have people on two sides of an issue, all of them should be heard, not just one side."

Butler said she’s motivated by a judge’s ruling in North Carolina that offering a license plate on just one side of the abortion issue is discrimination and unconstitutional.

Suzanne Ward, with Georgia Right to Life, told Choi she supports the First Amendment but she would object to sending any funds or proceeds from the tags to Planned Parenthood.

"Planned Parenthood, as you may well know, is the No. 1 abortion provider in America," Ward said.

Money from the Choose Life plates go to several pro-life agencies in Georgia, Ward said. They are even sold in the same building as the Georgia Right to Life office.

Georgia drivers have bought between 5,000 and 6,000 of the Choose Life tags each year since 2007 at a price of $10 per license plate. More than two dozen other states offer a similar option, but fewer offer a pro-choice tag.

"It's a constitutional issue,  First Amendment rights. Everybody should be heard, I believe that. I am pro-choice. Of course I want my voice to be heard," Butler said.

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