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House backing pro-life license plates

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The North Carolina House is backing an
effort to put an anti-abortion message on license plates and
rejecting tags bearing an abortion rights phrase.

The House voted 70-44 on Tuesday to authorize dozens of new
specialty plates available for a $25 extra annual fee, including
one bearing the message "Choose Life." Nonprofit pregnancy
counseling centers opposed to abortion would collect $15 from each
plate sold.

Carteret County Republican Rep. Pat McElraft says anti-abortion
advocates want the plates to raise money for Carolina Pregnancy
Care Fellowship and "save some babies lives."

Democrats said license plates shouldn't be a forum for fighting
the abortion issue.

The House rejected an amendment that would have added a license
plate with the abortion rights message "Respect Choice."

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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