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Friday, January 22, 2010

Trust and Respect

Today is the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which gives me the perfect excuse to post about the following: if you live in Virginia, you can now purchase a pro-choice license plate! Before they can go into production, however, at least 350 need to be pre-ordered. The deadline has been extended, so please consider purchasing one. Portions of the proceeds will go to Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, which works to ensure that individuals and families have the freedom, information, and ability to make their own informed reproductive choices.

Virginia has offered specialty "Choose life" license plates since last year, selling more than 1,600 of them, with portions of their processing fees going to Heartbeat International, a Christian group that distributes the money to pregnancy resource centers across the state. NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia just concluded a year-long investigation into 52 of these centers,
finding that 38 do not have medically trained or supervised personnel on staff, and that two-thirds of the centers provided "some degree of medically erroneous information."

Here are some examples of the "erroneous information" these centers have been giving women. Not only is this video frightening, it's also absolutely infuriating that these places that purport to have the best interests of women in mind can take advantage of women in crisis in such a flagrant fashion:

So if you live in Virginia and you happen to trust women and respect choice, please, please consider purchasing one of the pro-choice plates. Every little bit helps.


Northeast Elizabeth said...

I went to the site and it says that "no revenues generated from the sale of these plate will be used to provide abortion -related services. Why is that? The very purpose of the plates is to promote choice. How can Planned Parenthood oppose the Hyde Amendment, and seek to compel taxpayers to fund abortion, when it refuses to use even privately raised funds for that purpose?

L. said...

That I can't answer and it is an intriguing question; I suggest contacting either Planned Parenthood directly or NARAL Pro-choice Virginia. I'd be curious to learn what their response is. In my opinion, however, freedom of reproductive choice is still a goal worth supporting.

Gretchen said...

What a wonderful find. I'd definitely pony up 25 for the cause. Did you buy new license plates?

L. said...

Because CH technically owns the car, I need to wait for him to come home and sign the necessary paperwork, but I'll definitely be getting the plates!

Christine said...

It's about friggin' time, Virginia! Great info.

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