Policy Issue 5, Faith And Freedom: "In God We Trust" License PlatesJan. 18, 2010
This is the fifth in a series of five policy statements on issues that will come before the 2010 General Assembly. The fourth, regarding values, can be found here. Each statement covers one of The Family Foundation’s five areas of principle.
Last year, pro-life Virginians won a tremendous victory when the General Assembly passed legislation creating "Choose Life" license plates. This year, there is opportunity to create an "In God We Trust" license plate.
Virginians have more than 200 specialty license plate motifs from which to choose when they go to the DMV to register a car — everything from supporting state universities to "Choose Life" to "Parrotheads" to wildlife. This new plate will be another option for those who wish to share the message "In God We Trust" with other drivers. No money from the new plate will be distributed to any entity. Similar plates already are available in eight states.
As with any new license plate, 350 pre-applications with the associated fee must be received before the plate can become a reality. To join this effort, click here on the "In God We Trust" license plate Web page, download the attached application and follow the instructions. There is a $10 fee for the specialty plate. Share the application with family and friends who might also be interested.
Legislation that would create this new plate has been introduced by Delegate Dickie Bell (R-20, Staunton) (bill number not yet posted) and Senator Mark Obenshain (R-26, Harrisonburg), whose bill is SB 136.
Choose Life License Plates Pass 1,000 ThresholdOct. 02, 2009
Related to the previous post, as of late last week, more than 1,000 intolerant Virginians had purchased "Choose Life" license plates — meaning that from now on, $15 of the $25 fee for the plates will go Virginia’s pregnancy resource centers! We found out, coincidnetally, only minutes after the e-mail alert promoting PRCs and the "Choose Life" plates went out on September 24. A big thanks to everyone who has been involved in this. Again, we encourage you to go to the DMV, or its Web site (here), and purchase your plate today.
NARAL-Virginia Attacks Pregnancy Resource CentersOct. 02, 2009
On September 24, Family Foundation of Virginia President Victoria Cobb e-mailed an alert to our thousands of grassroots activists informing them of the harsh measures Planned Parenthood and NARAL-Virginia have undertaken to weaken Pregnancy Resource Centers — clinics that offer choices to pregnant women other than abortion. (Right, I know you got the irony there.)
Below is the alert, but what I haven't had time to report was the hysterical response from NARAL and PP. Within a few hours of sending the e-mail, NARAL was up with this out-of-breath-huff (click here or not). I noticed it when I saw a pingback to the blog (NARAL linked to one of our posts, here). It accused us of "fundraising" at their expense. We did ask for money, but asked that people give it to the PRCs! These helping-hand, non-political clinics, which threaten no one and try to foster life, apparently send shivers up the spine of pro-abortion, uhhh, "pro-choice" radicals.
NARAL's response was headlined, “Family Foundation using us as a fundraising tool,” with the words, “Read this solicitation. Get angry. And get involved in the upcoming election cycle!”
What exactly is in the alert that would make someone angry? Perhaps the part about women choosingan alternative to abortion? Or the fact that PRCs take paying clients away from Planned Parenthood? No one's been able to tell us, but it reveals a bit of the pro-abortion movement’s mentality. Here's the text of the alert:
Information Alert: Pro-abortion advocates attack pregnancy centers
It should come as no surprise that Planned Parenthood and NARAL-Virginia are attacking Pregnancy Resource Centers in Virginia. The fact that women now have a real choice of where to go when they face a crisis pregnancy must send shivers down the spine of the pro-abortion movement. Imagine women hearing that there are better alternatives to abortion in a warm, non-judgmental, and safe medical environment.
That, my friends, is Planned Parenthood and NARAL’s worst nightmare.
So before the paint was dry on the first "Choose Life" license plates that were made available this year, with revenue going to PRCs, our "choice" advocates immediately sought to eliminate that choice. Pro-abortion special interests set up an online petition to urge the General Assembly to cut off the funding stream from the license plates to PRCs. This is part of an overarching national strategy to shut down PRCs, ensuring that women have no place to go but abortion centers. In other states they’ve gone so far as to push legislation to simply outlaw PRCs!
Unfortunately, too few people understand the incredible role that PRCs are playing in the lives of women across America, and many fall for the lies of the abortion movement. The fact is, that PRCs are far safer and more woman-friendly than any abortion center.
According to a recent report entitled "A Passion to Serve, A Vision for Life," there are approximately 2,300 PRCs serving women in the United States, with most regulated by one of three organizations — Care Net, Heartbeat International and the National Institutes of Family and Life Advocates. The report states, "Every day in the United States PRCs assist an average of 5,500 Americans, female and male, young and old, with sexuality-and-pregnancy related concerns." Services include assisting women, counseling couples, providing goods and services, and offering free and confidential pregnancy care. Approximately 660 of these facilities are medical clinics, offering pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and more.
The medical clinics meet local, state and federal guidelines and where ultrasounds are offered they follow the strict guidelines issued by the American Institute in Ultrasound Medicine, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Radiology.
Most interesting is the fact that the annual income at these clinics is estimated at $200 million, with less than ten percent of that coming from government sources. Compare that to the $350 million in taxpayer subsidies that Planned Parenthood clinics received last year alone; that translates to more than one-third of their billion-dollar income.
The Family Foundation will fight with all of our energy and resources to protect the incredible services being provided by PRCs. From ensuring that the revenue from Choose Life plates continues going to these well-regulated and effective organizations, to educating Virginians on their positive impact, to exposing the lies of Planned Parenthood and NARAL, we won’t stop.
But we can all help in other ways as well. Purchase a Choose Life license plate. Click here to visit the DMV Web site where you can order your personal Choose Life license plate. Once 1,000 Choose Life license plate registrations are received, $15 of the $25 plate fees will be given to Virginia’s qualifying Pregnancy Resource Centers.
Additionally, find the PRC in your community and volunteer your time and treasure to them. They are on the frontlines, giving women in crisis a positive alternative to the detestation of abortion. They need your help.
Health Care - DMV StyleOct. 02, 2009
This, is priceless.
Why does everyone pick on Big Government? It's only trying to help.
Choose Life License Plates Go On Sale Tomorrow!Jul. 01, 2009
As mentioned in the News Stand today, bills passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Tim Kaine earlier this year now are in effect. Many generate headlines, some well out of proportion to their importance. Others are given little attention despite their worthiness. That's the media, after all, especially during the slowwww weeks of summer. However, there are three new, significant, pro-family laws we take pride in bringing to the public's attention, all of which The Family Foundation diligently supported during the General Assembly. The most visible of the three (see recap), and the one that received the most attention in the legislature (see Senate debate video), is the Choose Life license plates law. Techincally, it's a law. But, really, it's a great and much needed tool.
It allows for a portion of the proceeds of the sale of these new specialty plates to be distributed to pregnancy resource centers — and they go on sale tomorrow! The pre-sale of the Choose Life plates are by far the most popular of the six new plates created this past General Assembly.
Once 1,000 Choose Life license plate registrations are received, $15 of the $25-plate-fees will be given to qualifying pregnancy resource centers, which offer medical, spiritual and physical support to women and families in crisis pregnancies. This funding is a way to provide tangible support for the mothers and fathers facing unplanned pregnancies.
The Choose Life license plates are a common sense, practical, problem-solving tool to help deal with society's most devastating problem. It should serve as an opportunity for those who support "choice" to find common ground in supporting women who choose to have their babies.
Choose Life Plates UpdateMay. 07, 2009
The process for ordering the new Choose Life license plates created by this year's General Assembly is changing. DMV is working on making the applications available online and should have that ready any day. As soon as DMV makes those available we will notify you.
Governor Signs Choose Life Bill!Mar. 29, 2009
Governor Tim Kaine today signed into law legislation that provides for the creation of a “Choose Life” license plate!
Thank you to everyone who contacted the Governor and urged his support of this bill! Thanks also to Senator Ken Cuccinelli (R-37, Fairfax) for his tremendous leadership in maneuvering this bill through the General Assembly.
Since the fall of last year, pro-life Virginians through several organizations have rallied around the Choose Life plate, acquiring pre-paid applications required by DMV to be able to get the plates created, petition signatures and grassroots support. While Senator Cuccinelli’s original bill was killed in a Senate committee, he deftly amended an omnibus license plate bill on the Senate floor with the Choose Life plate, winning by a single vote (20-19).
Proceeds from the purchase of the plates will go to support pregnancy resource centers. These facilities offer medical, spiritual and physical support to women and families in crisis pregnancy.
Despite an all out assault by Planned Parenthood, NARAL Virginia and the ACLU, the Governor chose to dismiss the fallacious arguments of opponents and signed the bill into law.
Update: Choose Life License Plates Deadline Approaching FastDec. 30, 2008
There are only a few days left to sign up for your "Choose Life" license plate and to ensure that legislation creating these specialty plates passes the General Assembly. As of today the effort to reach 350 pre-paid applications (the number required by the General Assembly to review the bill) had not been reached, but we're closing in fast. If you'd like to ensure that this plate becomes available, please act today. As we mentioned in the fall, with the support of The Richmond Coalition for Life, Senator Ken Cuccinelli (R-37, Fairfax) will patron SB 801. Should the bill pass and be signed into law, it will provide for a "Choose Life" revenue-generating license plate, with funds raised going to
"not-for-profit agencies, located within their boundaries, that provide counseling and other services intended to meet the needs of expectant mothers who are committed to placing their children for adoption."
If you would like to assist in seeing this bill succeed, then please do the following:
» Please support this effort by printing and submitting the DMV Choose Life license plate pre-application form, found by clicking here. Please read and follow the instructions on the form carefully. If the legislation is not signed into law, your application fee will be returned.
» Visit www.vachoose-life.org to learn about other ways to take action!
Should you have further questions concerning this process or how you can support this effort, please don't hesitate to contact Brian Mazanec at email@example.com.
Remember, time is running out! Don't delay in taking action. Reserve your "Choose Life" license plate today and help encourage Virginia to "Choose Life" and provide a new mechanism to generate funds for adoption providing non-profits!
Choose Life, Virginia!Nov. 25, 2008
One thing you can count on in the commonwealth is that when you go to the DMV to register your vehicle there will be a multitude of options available to you as to what kind of license plate you would like to purchase. We've got every type, ranging from whether you're a "Parrothead" to which state college you root for. But there is one we don't have. We don't have one that says, "Choose Life." It's certainly not because it hasn't been tried. Legislation actually made it through the General Assembly to support such a plate in 2003, but ultimately met it's demise through the veto pen of then-Governor Mark Warner. But not to worry, it's back! This coming legislative session, with the support of The Richmond Coalition for Life, Senator Ken Cuccinelli (R-37, Centerville) will patron SB 801. Should the bill pass and be signed into law, it will provide for a "Choose Life" revenue-generating license plate, with funds raised going to "not-for-profit agencies . . . that provide counseling and other services intended to meet the needs of expectant mothers who are committed to placing their children for adoption." Lets see if certain special interest groups and quarters within the General Assembly really mean what they say about "choice," "safe, legal and rare," and providing funding for adoption. (For a commentary, see Cogito, Ergo Blog, here.)
If you would like to assist in seeing this bill succeed, please do the following:
- Sign the online petition supporting the Choose Life license plate legislation (click here).
- The DMV requires a significant number of pre-paid customers before they will produce the Choose Life license plates. Please support this effort by printing and submitting the DMV Choose Life license plate pre-application form, found by clicking here. Please read and follow the instructions on the form carefully. If the legislation is not signed into law, your application fee will be returned.
- Visit www.vachoose-life.org to learn about other ways to take action.
Should you have further questions concerning this process or how you can support this effort, please don't hesitate to contact Brian Mazanec of the Fairfax Family Forum (see its commentary, here) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help encourage Virginia to "Choose Life" and provide a new mechanism to generate funds for adoption providing non-profits!