There’s a battle brewing in Madison, Wis., where state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have proposed license plates for drivers to express their opinion on abortion.
On one side are anti-abortion Republicans who voted in the state assembly two weeks ago to create “Choose Life” plates, and on the other are pro-abortion Democrats who want to see a “Support Planned Parenthood” license plate option.
Democratic state Rep. Chris Taylor, a former public policy director for Planned Parenthood, is among those who introduced the proposal in direct response to the assembly’s passage of the “Choose Life” plate.
Taylor said allowing an alternative option is only fair.
“Nobody’s forced to purchase these license plates. They’re options for the consumer,” she said, according to Wisconsin Public Radio. “My intent in introducing this bill is to give consumers who feel very passionately about these issues an option.”
The bill specifies that funds would be used “for funding cervical and breast cancer screenings and family planning services, including birth control.”
While Taylor’s proposal, which has been sent to the transportation committee, isn’t expected to pass, the proposal highlights just how contentious the debate over abortion remains, not only nationally, but in state and local communities as well.
The purchase of the “Choose Life” plates would provide funding for Choose Life Wisconsin, an anti-abortion group that allocates resources to pregnancy care centers, locations that provide women with health care services but do not offer abortions.
(H/T: Wisconsin Public Radio)