State Senate Approves "Choose Life" Car Tags

The state Senate approved a bill Friday to create a "Choose Life'' car tag to raise money for crisis pregnancy centers run by anti-abortion groups.

The issue died in the 2001 session in the House amid a dispute over making political statements with what are essentially fund-raising specialty tags for various groups.

The state now issues dozens of specialty tags for everything from wildlife conservation to universities. Drivers pay extra fees for specialty tags, and money is routed to various programs.

The "Choose Life'' bill calls for an extra fee of $25, said Sen. Alan Nunnelee, R-Tupelo. The bill now goes to the House.

Terri Herring of Ridgeland, with the Pro-Life Coalition of Mississippi, is supporting a tag that has crayon drawings of two children's faces and said "IM4IT'' over the "Choose Life'' slogan.

Rep. Bobby Moak, D-Bogue Chitto, is chairman of a House subcommittee that considers specialty tag requests. He said several tag bills have been filed and his subcommittee will consider the "Choose Life'' tag along with others.