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Snyder Vetoes `Choose Life' License Plate Bill

Jon Harrison

Gov. Rick Snyder today opted to veto the bill allowing for the creation of a “Choose Life” fundraising license plate.

Snyder, in his veto letter, said SB 0163 and the “Choose Life” license plate it would allow “is a political message that has the potential to bitterly divide millions of Michiganders and that, in my view, is not appropriate for a state-issued license plate.”

Right to Life said in a statement it was “disappointed” and hoped that Snyder would “recognize this wonderful opportunity to provide care to pregnant women in need and help suicide prevention efforts."

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton), would've allowed the Choose Life plate to be available at Secretary of State offices for people to purchase for $35, which would raise money for crisis pregnancy centers and homes for pregnant women. The money was also to provide outreach to at-risk populations, promote life-affirming programs and projects, including media campaigns.

While the creation of fundraising plates for various causes is nothing new, this one being associated with the politics of abortion and the pro-life side in particular rankled Democrats, who said it was nothing short of fundraising for Right to Life and for bolstering one side of the political debate .

MIRS News Release, June 30, 2017.

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