Governor Lincoln Chafee has vetoed a bill that would have authorized the issuance of a “choose life” license plate. 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.
Rhode Island will not be joining 29 other states that offer anti-abortion license plates. Gov. Lincoln Chafee vetoed legislation Tuesday that would have created the plates, calling it an inappropriate use of state funding.
Proceeds from the $40 license plates would have gone to a Christian pregnancy clinic called CareNet, where women are advised against getting abortions. Supporters point out that Massachusetts and Connecticut offer similar plates.
State lawmakers approved the bill, but a three fifths majority is needed to override the governor's veto.