Responses to Common Objections
1. The Choose Life specialty plate isn’t fair, because pro-abortion organizations do not have their own plates.
Any organization is free to go through the same legislative process and apply for its own specialty plate.
Which organization would admit it is opposed to adoption? What would an opposition plate say?
2. Choose Life is a political statement
Several currently approved specialty plates in many states could be construed as making a political statement: The Environmental plate (pro-environmentalism), the Pet Friendly plate (pro-animal rights activism), the Union plate (pro-union labor; pro Democrat).
3. The distribution of Choose Life specialty plate proceeds is not fair
Again, any pro-choice organization is free to apply for its own specialty plate, designating that any non-taxpayer proceeds go to pro-abortion organizations.
Planned Parenthood receives millions of taxpayer dollars to promote its message. It seems more than fair that the opposition be allowed to receive non-taxpayer donations to promote its pro-adoption position.
Do not opposers agree that adoption is a better option than abortion? Isn’t adoption a woman’s choice, too?
4. Choose Life specialty plates violate the separation between church and state.
The AG’s office in Louisiana determined that the legislature may use license plates to encourage pregnant women to consider adoption and other alternatives to abortion, saying, “The state, acting through… its democratic process, has the right to speak this message.”
5. Why not use a bumper sticker to raise funds for this cause?
The specialty license plate creates a revenue stream to the sponsoring organizations, as each time the plate is renewed, the fee is added to the plate and goes to the cause.
6. Law enforcement agencies are complaining about the proliferation of specialty license plates.
Legislatures can place regulations regarding the visibility and design on specialty plates and they can limit the number of specialty plates by requiring a minimum number of plates to sell each year.