Planned Parenthood en Groups React to Gov. Chafee's Veto of the "Choose Life" License Plate <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee has vetoed a bill that would have authorized the issuance of a “choose life” license plate.&nbsp; Although many other states have such a plate, Chafee said it flies in the face of Rhode Island’s longstanding respect for the separation of church and state.</p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:40:52 +0000 Flo Jonic 18620 at Gov. Chafee Vetoes "Choose Life" License Plates <p>Rhode Island will not be joining 29 other states that offer anti-abortion license plates.&nbsp; Gov. Lincoln Chafee vetoed legislation Tuesday that would have created the plates, calling it an inappropriate use of state funding.</p><p>Proceeds from the $40 license plates would have gone to a Christian pregnancy clinic called CareNet, where women are advised against getting abortions.&nbsp; Supporters point out that Massachusetts and Connecticut offer similar plates.</p><p>State lawmakers approved the bill, but a three fifths majority is needed to override the governor's veto.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 14:08:03 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 18568 at Gov. Chafee Vetoes "Choose Life" License Plates Protesters Rally Against "Choose Life" Plates and Restrictions on Abortions <p>About 40 people gathered on the south side of the Rhode Island State House Monday evening, chanting and speaking out against recent legislation that passed in Texas which will restrict abortions.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The rally also urged Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee not to sign into law legislation that would allow a “choose life” license plate to be created. &nbsp;</p><p>Money from the plate would go to counseling to dissuade women from getting abortions.</p><p>Organizer Lindsay Goss said that though this rally was small, she is already planning for the future.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:35:19 +0000 John Bender 18501 at Protesters Rally Against "Choose Life" Plates and Restrictions on Abortions Lawmakers Consider "Choose Life" RI License Plate <p>A new license plate being considered by the General Assembly could be used to fund counseling services to discourage women from having an abortion.</p><p></p><p>The plate with the message “Choose Life” is being debated in the final two days of the legislative session this week.</p><p>Supporters say the same kind of license plate is available in Massachusetts and Connecticut. They say private groups have a legal right to raise money through license plates.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 19:52:13 +0000 Ian Donnis 17739 at Lawmakers Consider "Choose Life" RI License Plate