By Joel Davidson
Legislation allowing Alaskans to purchase specialty plates with either pro-life or pro-abortion messages was passed by the Alaska Legislature on Feb. 24 and now awaits Governor Sean Parnell’s signature to become law.
House Bill 19 merged a number of originally separate bills to give Alaskans the option to purchase specialty plates that also could include messages supporting breast cancer awareness, the National Rifle Association and a license plate stating “In God We Trust.”
The two most controversial messages, however, are “Choose Life” and “Pro-Family, Pro-Choice.”
The “Choose Life” message is intended to promote a general culture of life, according to Senate Majority Leader Kevin Meyer, who introduced the original bill in 2011 with the pro-life message.
In an interview with the Catholic Anchor last year, Meyer noted that he expected resistance from pro-abortion groups — opposition which he said might demand that the final bill include the option to purchase a license plate with a message that affirms the choice to have an abortion.