A California pro-life leader has suggested an alternative as lawmakers consider a proposal that would raise money for feminist and pro-abortion groups.
State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) (right) is the sponsor of SB 309, a bill that would create a specialty license plate to generate money for groups that promote and support abortion, including feminist organizations. The measure directs that revenue generated by sale of the plates be used by the Family PACT program which, among other things, funds Planned Parenthood clinics in the state.
"Choose Life" plates have been available in many states for years – but not in the Golden State. Jackson's bill would allow issuance of plates bearing the slogan "California Trusts Women."
Brian Johnston of the California Pro-Life Council testified before a Senate panel concerning the bill's support of one view while ignoring the alternative view.
"It's a government-sponsored industry," he said, "and these folks are here to get more government money. This government-sponsored industry brings great pressure against young mothers. And if this is about choice – the other choice is letting the child live."
Johnston told legislators that another decision should come to mind if true choice is the goal.
"Thirty-seven states have license plates that affirm life," he noted. "And we would suggest, in order to make this a balanced bill and not an ideological one, there would be license plates offered to affirm the choice to keep the child and care for that vulnerable child."
Johnston said the California Pro-life Council would consider dropping opposition to the bill if proponents took that fair and reasonable approach.
SB 309 has passed the Senate and is in the hands of the lower chamber.
LifeNews.com points out that the motto "Trust Women" originated with former late-term abortionist George Tiller.
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