Wisconsin's getting anti-abortion license plates

The plates should be available within the next year.

Reports say Wisconsin will be getting a new license plate with a blunt and controversial message: Choose life.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that state lawmakers there recently passed Act 227, which allows any group to apply for special plates with the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

Choose Life Wisconsin decided to make the most of that new law and proposed a license plate. It got approved Nov. 30 following a 30-day public review, the Post Crescent reports.

About 26 objections to the proposed license plate poured in to Wisconsin's Division of Motor Vehicles. But it doesn't look like that's going to stop anything.

The license plates will be available within the year and there will be a $25 annual fee that will go to pregnancy resource centers in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin's license plate law says groups must pay $15,500 to help with production costs. Groups also must keep at least 500 of the specialty plates on the road, otherwise the state will quit offering them.

The controversy

Choose Life Wisconsin says displaying the special plates will help support "Wisconsin's life-saving, women-helping pregnancy resource centers."

But according to WPR, NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin Executive Director Eliza Cussen ripped on those clinics, saying they manipulate and mislead women into continuing their pregnancies.

"Choose Life Wisconsin is no ordinary charity," Cussen said. "This is an organization that does real social harm that is centered around restricting the human rights of women."

Choose Life America wants to bring similar "choose life" plates to every state. Those plates already exist in both Dakotas and Iowa, along with several other states. The group is currently working on getting one for Minnesota.

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