By Rhonda Cook
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
ATLANTA Anti-abortion senators amended a House bill
Monday to allow for license plates that would say "Choose
House Bill 1253 originally let spouses of dead Medal of Honor
winners keep special license plates. The anti-abortion message
was amended to the bill 38-10. The measure has to go back
to the House.
The Republican-controlled Senate defeated attempts to allow
license plates that would carry a "Pro-family, pro-choice"
message or that would promote the AIDS Survival Project.
The additional $25 charge for such license plates is designated
for the cause they advertise. For a "Choose life"
plate, some of the extra fee would go to "assisting crisis
pregnancy centers and nonprofit adoption agencies" that
do not discuss abortion.
The Senate also agreed to amendments that would add plates
promoting "Adopt a child" and acknowledging the
Omega Psi Phi fraternity, a historically black organization.
A portion of funds that would have been collected under the
failed amendment allowing the abortion-rights message would
have been dedicated to state-funded programs that support
adoption agencies and for foster care programs.
Part of the money that would have been collected, if the AIDS
Survival Project plate had passed, would have gone to programs
for people with HIV.