Drivers in Alaska may now purchase a specialty license plate emblazoned with the message, “Choose Life.” Like other specialty license plates, the new plates can be purchased for an additional $30 over the standard Division of Motor Vehicles fee. Any money collected beyond the amount needed to pay for the program will go to an organization that promotes adoptions.
Legislation allowing the specialty plates was passed by the Alaska Legislature earlier this year and signed into law by Governor Sean Parnell.
First introduced in 2011, the initial legislation garnered support from the Alaska Conference of Catholic Bishops, the public policy arm of the state’s three Catholic dioceses in Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks.
“Anything that raises the awareness of adoption in our state is beneficial,” Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz told the Catholic Anchor last year. “All possible means of encouraging women who experience an unintended pregnancy to consider adoption over abortion are of benefit.”
He added, “Nothing should ever be discounted. If the entire pro-life community in Alaska purchased this license plate for their cars, imagine the visible support these women would witness.”