A veto called for on ‘Choose Life’ plates

One bill passed in its waning moments last week by the General Assembly has taken a step that threatens to politicize a simple, nonpartisan tool for cause-based fundraising while challenging the church-state barrier that is one of Rhode Island’s founding principles. More

To continue reading this article, please do one of the following.



PBN Editorial

A veto called for on ‘Choose Life’ plates

Posted 7/8/13

One bill passed in its waning moments last week by the General Assembly has taken a step that threatens to politicize a simple, nonpartisan tool for cause-based fundraising while challenging the church-state barrier that is one of Rhode Island’s founding principles.

The legislation in question, which is heading to Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee for his signature, creates “Choose Life” charity license plates that will support CareNet Pregnancy Center of Rhode Island. The nonprofit is described on ChristianVolunteering.org as 501(c)3 faith-based organization that offers medical services and counseling in opposition to abortion.

While the services it offers are legitimate and valuable for many, the cause that is its reason for being is perhaps the most controversial one in the nation. It is clear that by issuing this license plate, the state would be putting its stamp of approval on CareNet and the position it advocates, something that clearly violates the separation of church and state, and runs contrary to the state’s laws on abortion, which is legal.

Such a license plate would also stand out among the eight existing “special design charity plates” listed on the R.I. Department of Motor Vehicles website as the only one that could be construed as extremely political.

Gov. Chafee should veto this legislation and the legislature should take that action as a chance to rethink an ill-advised action. •

Calendar
PBN Hosted
Events

Only a few seats remain for PBN's Manufacturing Awards Dinner and Ceremony, Thursday, April 24th, at the Bryant University Bello Center. Don't hesitate. Register today!
  • Business Women
    Accomplished. Confident. Wicked Smart. Nominate women you know who deserve speci ...
  • 40 Under Forty
    It's the 10th Anniversary of 40 Under Forty, and PBN is planning a special event ...
  • Healthiest Employers
    Enrollment now open for the 2014 Healthiest Employers Program. Please take a mom ...
Advertisement
Purchase Data
Book of Lists
Lists
Book of Lists cover
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.
Data icons
Data can be purchased as single lists, in either Excel or PDF format; the entire database of the published book, in Excel format; or a printed copy of the Book of Lists.
  • Purchase an e-File of a single list
  •  
  • Purchase an e-File of the entire Book of Lists database
  •  
  • Purchase a printed copy of the Book of Lists
  •  
    National
    Local
    Latest News