Assembly OK’s a new “Choose Life” license plate

The Associated Press

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Rhode Island's General Assembly has voted to authorize “Choose Life” license plates.

The House and Senate both voted Monday night to create the new specialty plate. Half of the plate's $40 price would go toward faith-based efforts to prevent abortion and encourage adoption.

A final vote is needed to send the proposal to Gov. Lincoln Chafee, an abortion-rights supporter

Abortion-rights supporters in both chambers argued that the issue of abortion was ill suited for a license plate, and that the state shouldn't inject itself into the debate.

But supporters argued that those opposed to the plates have the option of not purchasing one.

Twenty-nine states offer similar plates.

Rhode Island already offers plates supporting environmental conservation, breast cancer research, food banks and charitable activities of the Red Sox and Patriots.

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