Controversial anti-abortion license plates urging motorists to “Choose life” soon will adorn Bay State cars and trucks - driving pro-choice activists to distraction and giving Gov. Deval Patrick a possible migraine during a hotly contested election year.Og course this NARAL twit has no idea what she's talking about Seriously, a license plate is going to be a distraction? Maybe these people should just stay off the road and curl up in the fetal posiiton, no pun intended.
Drivers could begin seeing the plates - which feature a mother holding a baby in front of a yellow heart - on the road by the end of this month.
“It appears the state is giving their stamp of approval to this cause,” said Andrea Miller, executive director at National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League Pro-Choice Massachusetts. “They’re using a state agency as a tool to fund-raise and funnel money to (anti-abortion) entities.”
Any nonprofit can get a special license plate under state law so long as they collect 3,000 registrations at $40 a pop within the first two years they are available. The organization also must put down a $100,000 bond, according to information available on the Registry of Motor Vehicles’ Web site.
Merry Nordeen, of Wakefield - who belongs to the local chapter of Choose Life - has been trying to get the license plates made since 2003.
“This doesn’t infringe on anyone’s rights. The whole purpose of the plate is to provide financial support for women,” said Nordeen, who added she would be comfortable with a pro-choice license plate on the road.
But the anti-abortion plates leave Patrick - who has always been pro-choice - in a political pickle during a volatile election year, said Boston University political professor Thomas Whalen.
“In politics, image and perception overrules reality every time,” Whalen said. “Patrick has another heaping mess on his plate.”
Patrick’s office declined comment, deferring to this statement from Massachusetts Department of Transportation spokesman Adam Hurtubise:
“The statute governing the issuance of special plates is very clear. The group seeking this plate met all the statutory requirements for a special plate."