California legislators have proposed a new bill that would create an official state license plate benefitting pro-choice organizations, KOVR-TV reported.
The bill known as SB 309, introduced by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), demands that the state Department of Motor Vehicles begin issuing the “California Trusts Women” license plate once 7,500 California residents pledge to order them. Some proceeds from the plates, which cost $50 in the first year, and $40 thereafter, would go to pro-choice groups like NARAL and Planned Parenthood.
“Our values will be heard and we will be able to assist in funding critical programs for men and women throughout the state,” Sen. Jackson told KOVR.
Jackson says she created the bill in the hope that it would communicate a powerful message — namely, that California supports pro-choice women.
“A notion that we would have to ask permission or that we should be expected to ask permission or have strange white men in DC making personal decisions about our reproductive decisions is just simply appalling,” she said.
Others have openly opposed the creation of such a partisan symbol, especially given the contentious nature of the abortion debate.
“We know that calling this reproductive is, in fact, a code word for human abortion and there’s nothing reproductive in the act of human abortion,” Brian Johnston of the California Pro-Life Council told KOVR in response to the bill.
According to KOVR, there are currently 14 specialty plates available in California, some of which support non-profit organizations. SB 309, however, would create the first politically motivated specialty plate.
The bill is currently under review by the Senate Appropriations Committee.
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