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McDonnell accepts abortion 'choice' license bill, but blocks revenue from abortion use

Anita Kumar

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) accepted a bill to create a "Trust Women/Respect Choice" license plate, even though he is a Catholic who personally opposes abortion.

But McDonnell did propose amending the bill slightly to include language to ensure any money generated from the new plate is not used to "provide abortion services."

"The Governor did not veto the specialty license plate bill requested by Planned Parenthood,'' McDonnell spokeswoman Taylor Thornley said. "His amendment to the legislation simply codifies Planned Parenthood's often-stated position that license plate proceeds will not be used for abortion services."

In Virginia, the governor can amend all bills. Midnight was the deadline for him to amend, sign or veto bills. The General Assembly will vote on his amendments next week.

After the first 1,000 plates, money from fees for the plate will go to Planned Parenthood. Almost 500 plates have already been sold.

Last year, then Gov. Tim Kaine (D) came under fire for signing a bill to create a "Choose Life" license plate, a move that abortion rights activists say runs afoul of his obligations as chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Proceeds for that plate go to antiabortion pregnancy centers.

Kaine, also a Catholic who personally opposes abortion, said he considered such license plate messages a matter of free speech and added that the move was "in keeping with the commonwealth's longtime practice of approving specialty plates with all manner of political and social messages."

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By Anita Kumar  |  April 14, 2010; 12:04 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Campaign Ads , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Robert F. McDonnell , State Senate , Timothy M. Kaine  | Tags: Abortion, Bob McDonnell, Planned Parenthood, Pro-choice, Tim Kaine, Vehicle registration plate, Virginia  
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Comments

How is this not SOCIALISM to tell a group what they can and cannot use the proceeds of a profitable endeavor are???

Do the CONFEDERATE SON GROUP get to use their profits to promote stupidity like the "SLAVERY WAS NOT A REASON FOR THE CIVIL WAR" month

Posted by: racerdoc | April 14, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Calm down, racerdoc. Money is fungible. This is a HUGE victory!

You're right, of course. More to the point, no one banging the pans for the "Choose life" plate ever suggested that the so-called crisis pregnancy centers that benefit from it couldn't use the money to spread fear and lies.

Politics is the art of the possible, after all. Let's be glad for whatever successes we have.

Posted by: GordonCash | April 14, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Maybe a sane governor will send the money from "Choose Life" plates to Planned Parenthood.

Posted by: MAL9000 | April 14, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

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