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‘Trust Women’ pro-choice license plates would help fund reproductive health in California

By in Press Enterprise on July 9, 2017

By Alejandra Molina

California residents may soon be able to display their pro-choice stance by purchasing license plates that would help fund family planning services for low-income people.

The “License plates: Reproductive Freedom Fund” legislation was authored by state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara. Supporters say it was spurred by federal anti-abortion policies tailored by President Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress.

If signed into law, the “California Trusts Women” license plates would cost $50 in the first year, and $40 for renewal. Revenue generated from the license plates would go toward the Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment Program, or Family PACT, which provides family planning services to 1.8 million Californians every year.

Family Pact funds Planned Parenthood clinics, according to Jackson’s office.

The Department of Motor Vehicles would have to receive 7,500 pre-paid orders for the plates before any would be issued.

The bill, SB 309, has cleared the state Senate. It passed the Assembly Transportation Committee on a 11-3 vote June 27. It now heads to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

“It’s a statement of your values,” said state Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, a co-author of the bill. “It shows the world that you are pro-choice, that you believe women have the right to make decisions over their own bodies and it shouldn’t be made by anyone else.”

Although it hasn’t been signed into law, people can already pledge to purchase a plate and vote on their favorite design at californiatrustswomen.com. The winning design would be announced later this year.

This is not a new idea. Virginia, for example, already has a license plate that reads “Trust Women, Respect Choice.” But that state — and about two dozen others — also offers anti-choice license plates that read “Choose Life” and can be purchased for $25 to $70 on top of standard fees.

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