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Choose Life license tag approved

May 26, 2008

Choose Life license tag approved

South Carolina Citizens for Life is pleased to announce that the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles has approved the “Choose Life” vehicle tag for Palmetto State motorists.

The design of the tag will be unveiled at a press conference Wednesday, May 28, 2008, at 11 a.m. on the first floor of the State House. Proceeds from the sale of the tag will be used to support the work of South Carolina’s pregnancy care centers.

“This is a particularly sweet victory for prolife supporters,” said Holly Gatling, South Carolina Citizens for Life executive director and lobbyist. “It has taken seven long years of very hard work to bring this Choose Life tag into being.”

In 2001 the General Assembly passed a Choose Life tag, but Planned Parenthood sued to keep the state from producing it.

“Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the United State with a corner on one quarter of the abortion market,” Ms. Gatling noted. “Planned Parenthood receives $336 million in tax dollars and does a one billion dollar — yes billion – annual business. Is it possible Planned Parenthood is afraid that that positive message ‘Choose Life’ on car tags might kill its business?”

To get around the judicial ban on Choose Life tags, the General Assembly passed another law in 2006 that permits non-profit organizations such as South Carolina Citizens for Life to apply directly to the DMV for a revenue-producing specialty license plate.  Although SCCL complied with the stringent DMV requirements, the department asked  South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster to issue a specific ruling on whether SCCL qualified to have a specialized plate.

In his opinion Mr. McMaster said that if SCCL met the DMV’s requirements for speciality license plate, then the DMV “may not, consistent with the First Amendment, deny issuance of the speciality plate.”

The plates could go into production by September, according to DMV spokeswoman Lotte Devlin.

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