Skip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.

'Choose Life' license plate bill heads to governor's desk

  • 0
Choose Life Idaho license plate

BOISE — Idahoans could publicize their anti-abortion views on a state-sponsored license plate under a bill that’s headed to the governor’s desk.

The bill to create the “Choose Life” license plate passed the House on Monday on a party-line 55-12 vote. It would provide an option for motorists who wish to “proudly express their support for unborn children.” The state should not support one side of the issue and not another, Rep. Melissa Wintrow, D-Boise, said.

“This is a very divisive issue,” Wintrow said. “I think it goes over the top to be on a state-sponsored license plate.”

The plate would first be available in 2021. It would cost $35 for the initial plate and $25 for each renewal, in addition to standard registration fees. A portion of the money would go to Choose Life Idaho to provide grants supporting “life-affirming pregnancy resource centers in order to help pregnant women choose life for their babies and to encourage adoption as a positive choice for women with unplanned pregnancies.”

Similar plates supported by Choose Life America are available in 32 states. More than a million have sold since 2000, raising $28 million, according to the group’s website.

Lawsuits have followed the plate to many other states that have adopted it.

‘Too Great for Hate’

The Senate approved the “Too Great for Hate” license plate bill Monday on a 28-7 vote.

“It inspires people of all ages to contemplate the moral implications of their actions and the scope of their civic responsibility,” Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, D-Boise, said.

Money from the plates would go to the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, home of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial.

The bill now goes to the House. The Senate passed the same proposal last year but it never received a hearing in a House committee.


Get Government & Politics updates in your inbox!

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Idaho paid contractors about $8 million, including about $190,000 in bonuses, for asphalt whose test results were altered dozens or hundreds of times, possibly allowing construction companies to receive more money than the asphalt was worth.

The Senate voted 30-5 following in favor of a bill that would ban the use of any handheld mobile electronic device (cellphones, laptops, tablets, etc.) while driving. Drivers also could not wear headphones or watch videos under the bill.

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.


News Alerts

Breaking News