Wisconsin Assembly approves anti-abortion license plates

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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."

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