Roundup: Baby You Can Drive My Car (But Not In Newton or Wellesley)

The state of Massachusetts has become the latest to consider adopting license plates to prove you are against a woman’s right to reproductive justice.  Much like the over 20 states that have created these plates, funds will be dedicated to crisis pregnancy centers in the state, regardless of the fact that they often mislead or lie outright to their clients.

Via WCVB in Boston:

The Choose Life plate will generate dollars for groups that want pregnant women to avoid abortion. Merry Nordeen spent years making it a reality.

“It goes to not-for-profit agencies that promote the life-saving option of life, adoption and safe havens,” Nordeen said.

The plates, which will cost drivers $90 every two years, become one of 18 others in Massachusetts that both publicize and providing funding for charitable causes.

But critics worry about where the funds go.

“These plates create a tool to fundraise for so-called pregnancy crisis centers, which have been proven to provide false, misleading and medically inaccurate information to pregnant women,” said Andrea Miller, of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts.

“I’ve heard from women that have been helped by those organizations that are very grateful for those organizations. Because they’re not for profit, they really do need the money. More money means help more women, and that’s our aim,” Nordeen said.

“Our goal right now is really to focus on where we can find common ground and that should be about looking at those programs and policies that can improve the chances of preventing unintended pregnancy in the first place,” Miller said.

Not sure if you want a plate or not?  Would it change your mind to know that this endeavor has God’s stamp of approval, according to the plates’ sponsor?  From

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles is set to offer a “Choose Life” plate sponsored by the anti-abortion organization Massachusetts Choose Life, Inc. The plate’s design features a yellow heart behind an image of a mother holding a child.


Merry Nordeen, 47, began campaigning for the Massachusetts plates in 2003.

“I prayed really hard for this — I prayed for seven years, and God didn’t disappoint me,” Nordeen, a secretary at St. Joseph Parish in Wakefield, told the Boston Globe.

Ironically, even the pro-life supporters in the state are a little worried about the idea of protest via license plate.  As Dennis Shaughnessey writes in the Valley Dispatch:

I’m not ashamed of my pro-life stance and it’s not that I’m balking at the $40 fee for a Massachusetts specialty plate. I’m just worried about the fallout. I can foresee the cases of road rage that such a license plate can evoke. Imagine driving down Route 128 at 70 mph and some pro-choice nut driving behind you spots your Choose Life license plate. There are certain communities from which I would steer clear if I had a Choose Life license plate on my car. Bad enough that I have a Christian fish on my car.

I’d probably stay out of towns like Provincetown, which recently approved the distribution of condoms to students, regardless of their age. I’d stay out of Brookline, a bastion for liberal forelock-tuggers and I’d probably drive all the way around Newton and Wellesley.

To say that the Choose Life specialty plates has enflamed the abortion rights issue is an understatement. How long until the American Civil Liberties Union gets involved? Nothing about this plate is going to reverse Roe vs. Wade. Nothing about this plate is going to change anyone’s mind on the subject.

Mini Roundup: Followup Monday — last Friday we learned that an anti-choice protester in San Antonio was charged with a FACE violation, and a Planned Parenthood instructor in Iowa was accused of “contributing to the delinquency of minors” with her sex ed class.  Today, read an interview with the protester, who claims the allegation are all false, an a rebuttle from the Iowa instructor, who allegedly didn’t say most of what the students’ parents said she did.

June 18, 2010

Congress, Obama, and Taxpayer Funding of Abortion – National Review Online

Massachusetts “Choose Life” plate gives drivers new mouthpiece in abortion debate –

FDA Panel Recommends Approval Of ellaOne Morning-after Contraceptive Pill –

Health Policy Research – Kaiser Health News

After Stupak, Abortion Advoactes Consider Reframing the Issue – Campus Progress

Mitch Daniels Walks Back Opposition to Pro-Life Policy, Keeps Abortion Truce –

Anti Abortion Right to Life vanity plates: DMV offers Choose Life plates –

Feds sue abortion protester under little-used law – Houston Chronicle

Petition Asks Obama Administration to Not Approve New Abortion Drug Ella –

The abortion debate needs to include the forgotten fathers – Christian Science Monitor


5-day ‘morning after’ pill gets FDA advisers’ approval – CNN

“Truce” over: Mitch Daniels supports reinstating Mexico City policy on abortion – Hot Air

FDA panel recommends approval of 5-day ‘morning after’ pill – Los Angeles Times

License Plates To Carry Pro Life Message – WCVB-TV

Pro-life groups play part in politics – Dodge City Daily Globe

Ind. abortion foes set sights on health overhaul – CNBC

Campaigning for Common Ground in Abortion Debate – New York Times

Another Contraceptive Pill, Another Abortion Debate – Politics Daily

Interview: Pro-Lifer says Fed Lawsuit for Entering Abortuary Based on False … – Lifesite

Conservatives write own version of maternal, child health report – Montreal Gazette

Mitch Daniels cancels the truce – Washington Post

Administration announces “GHI Plus” countries – Kaiser Family Foundation

National HIV Testing Day events set – WPDE

June 19, 2010

Planned Parenthood educator responds – SW Iowa News

Wisconsin Abortion Doctor To Join Harvard Medical School – Harvard Crimson

Despite being legal, abortions still not accessible for all Canadians – Globe and Mail

Reproductive Health Act needs passed – Elmira Star-Gazette

Louisiana Becomes Latest State To Threaten Abortion Rights –

How to Lose the Presidential Nomination in Two Days – FOXNews

Women value the pill – In-Forum

Bill Clinton Speaks Out on Kagan – New York Times

Abortion-rights group applauds FDA panel’s recommendation  – The Hill

Teens Advised to Consider Benefits of IUD Use for Birth Control –

Huge drop in HIV infections – Times LIVE

June 20, 2010

GAO: Abortion-promoting groups got nearly $1 billion in federal funds – The Catholic Review

Law & Disorder: Man found guilty of killing woman over abortion – Florida Times-Union

Green Signal To New Morning After Pill By FDA Advisory Panel –

Teach teenagers about the consequences of sexual activity  –

Abortion’s fundamental deception – RenewAmerica

Less Emphasis on Abortion — More on Justice, Common Good, Equality – ABC News

An HIV Balm in Gilead – Wall Street Journal

Women do ‘so much,’ but still need our help – Toronto Star

June 21, 2010

Most Canadians support international access to safe abortions: poll – Globe and Mail

Fiorina bucks feminist stereotype – San Francisco Chronicle

FDA Advisers Approve 5-day ‘Morning After’ Pill –

China’s only children prefer one child – Financial Times

Understanding Ella, the Latest Controversy in ‘Morning After Pills’ – Huffington Post

Global AIDS Fight Continues Despite Challenges – Media Newswire

Married couples with HIV/AIDS shouldn’t procreate – The Sun Daily

Focus or die: The G8 fights for survival – Globe and Mail

HPV vaccine for boys available – El Paso Times

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  • squirrely-girl

    I’m totally going to have to steal the descriptor, “a bastion for liberal forelock-tuggers.” 

    I wonder if I can have that put on my hometown’s welcome sign? :)

  • crowepps

    I don’t have a forelock, I live in a town full of evangelicals, and I still actually use my own mind to investigate issues and reach my own conclusions.


    Funny how liberals are always being accused of being a conspiratorial cabal with ‘an agenda’ when it’s my experience any meeting with 3 liberals will have 4 opinions on most subjects.


    Even those of us here who consider ourselves ProChoice don’t agree on exactly which abortions are ‘justified’ and which are not — the only thing we 100% agree on is that we don’t have any business snooping around in the reproduction of other people or attempting to coerce them to behave in line with our personal moral opinions.

  • cycles

    Imagine driving down Route 128 at 70 mph and some pro-choice nut driving behind you spots your Choose Life license plate.


    Projection much?

  • crowepps

    Oh, yeah, those ‘pro-choice nuts’ are so annoying, walking up and down with their “America has religious freedom” and “the Constitution protects your rights” signs in front of the obstetrician’s office, screaming, “You have a right to make up your own mind, it’s no business of mine.”


    Maybe I’m not a typical ‘pro-choice nut’ but I don’t think I’ve ever gotten close enough behind another car at 70 MPH to read their license plate. At my age, I just can’t read something that small from 100 feet away. I reserve license plate scanning and bumper sticker reading for when I’m sitting at stoplights and even then I limit my reaction to the occasional snicker.


    Feel free to not waste the extra money getting specialty plates, though. Maybe a few ‘crisis pregnancy centers’ will shut down.

  • crowepps

    The California Legislature is considering a bill that would allow the state to begin researching the use of electronic license plates for vehicles. The move is intended as a moneymaker for a state facing a $19 billion deficit.


    The device would mimic a standard license plate when the vehicle is in motion but would switch to digital ads or other messages when it is stopped for more than four seconds, whether in traffic or at a red light. The license plate number would remain visible at all times in some section of the screen.


  • ahunt

    Imagine driving down Route 128 at 70 mph and some pro-choice nut driving behind you spots your Choose Life license plate. There are certain communities from which I would steer clear if I had a Choose Life license plate on my car. Bad enough that I have a Christian fish on my car.


    Words initially failed me…but:


    …be afraid, Dennis…cuz all those pro-choice, xtian hating loons out there are road ragin’, high powered rifle assassins, and they have you in their crosshairs.


    Oh wait…!

  • crowepps

    It also discovered that an “experience of an abortion within a current relationship was associated with 116 percent and 196 percent increased risk of arguing about children for women and men, respectively.”

    Men whose current partners had an abortion were more likely to report jealousy (96 percent greater risk) and conflict about drugs (385 percent greater risk). The authors conclude, “[A]bortion may play a vital role in understanding the [causes] of relationship problems.”

    This was a really interesting article, and I just had to comment on the word “associated” as used here.  Associated as I understand it means that the relationship had both things occur in it, it does NOT mean that the abortion happened first and CAUSED the second thing.


    Try this reverse wording: 

    The study discovered that women and men who argued a lot about children were more likely to experience an abortion during their relationship.  Men who displayed jealousy or had conflicts with their partners about drugs were more likely to report an abortion.  “Relationship problems may play a vital role in understanding why abortion is chosen.”

  • crowepps

    Dugard is quietly rebuilding her life with her mother and children, she now faces a new “terror”: her biological father.

    Kenneth Slayton, who has had no prior relationship with the young woman, has been speaking out lately about the child he never knew, and his wish “to be united with my daughter ASAP.” To that end, he’s retained the services of scandal magnet Gloria Allred,  has filed a court petition to definitively prove his paternity of Dugard, and held a press conference last week to plead for an establishment of family ties. Slayton claims that “The first time I knew there was a possibility that I had a daughter was when the FBI told me that she had been kidnapped.”

    Dugard’s family, however, tells a different story. In a statement issued last week, they claim that Dugard’s mother, Terry Probyn, “told Mr. Slayton when she learned she was pregnant that he was the father and again when Jaycee was born. He showed no interest. The police advised him when Jaycee was kidnapped and again he showed no interest … At no point did Mr. Slayton offer any assistance beyond what was requested of him while Jaycee was missing. It is now Jaycee Dugard’s turn to express her feelings and she has no interest.”

    But Slayton, the father of four other children, claims to be suffering now from cancer and says he “will never give up the effort to make contact” before it’s too late. At the press conference, his attorney Allred added another motivation — because “Jaycee’s two children … have never had a positive male role model.” (Her mother and stepfather are now separated.) Given that Dugard has indicated the possibility of suing the state of California for failing to protect her, however, one can’t help wondering about any other possible advantages there might be to establishing a relationship.

    Maybe Slayton has the best of intentions here, and a heartfelt desire to reach out to the child and grandchildren who’ve endured so much. He claims to have sent Dugard letters and photographs, and spoken to her lawyers about creating “a legal family relationship,” because he desires to “see her, to love her and to protect her.” But Rule 1 of parenting is – it’s not about what you want, it’s about what’s best for your kid. And Jaycee is unambiguous: She wants “to avoid the terror of a process server [and] does not wish to see Mr. Slayton or his family at this time,” though she “reserves the right to reconsider at a later date.”

    Whatever the truth of Slayton’s previous relationship or lack thereof with Dugard, one can understand why having a “strong male role model” might not be her top priority after nearly two decades at the mercy of a man who called her abduction and abuse a “heartwarming story.” In her statement, Jaycee’s spokesperson Nancy Seltzer asserts that “DNA does not make a family,” a notion that a woman currently raising two children born out of rape must surely know all too well. Few of us could imagine what Dugard has been through, but anyone with a heart would agree that her clearly stated need for space and privacy now would trump anyone else’s wishes. That she’s kept her whereabouts secret says it all.

    She’s 30 years old.  I find it hard to believe, knowing what she has already been through, that any decent person would sue his own child for ‘custody’ and insist on a relationship when he knows it’s unwanted.  Apparently, when her mother became pregnant, it was all about what HE wanted.  Some things do not get do-overs.  She doesn’t have any obligation whatsoever to even listen to what HE wants now.

  • robin-marty

    We actually have a piece on that which should come out next week, so keep your eyes peeled.