In a heated late-night session, the Wisconsin state Assembly approved a bill after that would allow drivers to opt for special anti-abortion license plates.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the measure would allow $25 from each "Choose Life" plate purchased to benefit Choose Life Wisconsin Inc., a corporation established by anti-abortion groups to funnel money to adoption programs.
A number of measures were approved by Republicans while the Democrats opposed every item up for vote in the marathon session that went until 2 a.m. Friday. The newspaper said tensions were running high when the license plate legislation was brought up.
As Republicans became frustrated, they abandoned a compromise between both parties to allow any group to create special license plates and moved straight to the vote on the anti-abortion plates, the newspaper said.
The bill passed in a 54-39 party-line vote. The proposed legislation will go to the Republican-controlled Senate, where its fate is uncertain.
“I don’t think that we should use our license plates to do political messaging or motivation kind of things,” said Rep. Penny Bernard Schaber, D-Appleton, who co-authored the passed-over compromise bill. “I think our license plates should be politically neutral.”
However, supporters of the bill disagree.
"It has nothing to do with a political agenda," Sen. Mary Lazich, R-New Berlin, said. "It has to do with saving the lives of babies."