Bill for Abortion Rights License Plate Passes

A bill establishing an abortion-rights license plate is headed to Gov. Bob McDonnell, who has said he doesn't support the organization that would receive money from the plates.

The Senate voted 22-15 and the House 64-30 for a bill that would create a "Trust Women/Respect Choice" license plate. After the first 1,000 plates are sold, $15 from each $25 plate would go to Planned Parenthood, which provides medical and reproductive care to more than 30,000 Virginians.

Supporters had threatened to sue if legislators rejected the plate because last year they passed a "Choose Life" plate with proceeds going to anti-abortion pregnancy centers. Federal courts have said states can't favor one viewpoint over another.


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