Pro-choice license plates in Virginia!

Virgina license plate. 'Trust Women. Respect Choice.'
Hey Virginia drivers, you can finally get your “Choose Choice” license plates!

OK, so the plates aren’t that snarky – they read, “Trust Women. Respect Choice.” and are now for sale in VA. Sales of the plates will benefit Planned Parenthood affiliates in the state, which will use the funds for prevention services but no abortion-related services (clearly a pragmatic decision that I think unfortunately makes sense). 350 pre-ordered plates must be sold before the design can make its way through the legislative process.

While “Choose Life” plates supporting crisis pregnancy centers have been approved in 24 states pro-choice ones only exist in Montana and Hawaii (Edited to add Pennsylvania as well – thanks to commenter PPWPRocks for the heads up). Wouldn’t it be great if Virginia actually approved pro-choice license plates and started a trend in other states?

You can find more information and purchase plates here.

Boston, MA

Jos Truitt is Executive Director of Development at Feministing. She joined the team in July 2009, became an Editor in August 2011, and Executive Director in September 2013. She writes about a range of topics including transgender issues, abortion access, and media representation. Jos first got involved with organizing when she led a walk out against the Iraq war at her high school, the Boston Arts Academy. She was introduced to the reproductive justice movement while at Hampshire College, where she organized the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program’s annual reproductive justice conference. She has worked on the National Abortion Federation’s hotline, was a Field Organizer at Choice USA, and has volunteered as a Pro-Choice Clinic Escort. Jos has written for publications including The Guardian, Bilerico, RH Reality Check, Metro Weekly, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She has spoken and trained at numerous national conferences and college campuses about trans issues, reproductive justice, blogging, feminism, and grassroots organizing. Jos completed her MFA in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute in Spring 2013. In her "spare time" she likes to bake and work on projects about mermaids.

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  • PPWPRocks

    We also have Pro-Choice plates in PA!
    http://www.plannedparenthoodpa.org/donate/donation.php
    Congratulations Virginia!

  • KBeck02

    I wish they had these four years ago when I lived in VA. But hopefully they will still have them after I finish college and move back.

  • Megs

    I am so jealous. I live in Alabama, and it irks me to see all the “choose adoption” plates when I don’t have the opportunity to have a “Pro-choice” plates…

  • stabbygail

    I wish we had that in Indiana as a counterpart to the Choose Life plate and the slightly over $41,000 those plates have funneled into the Indiana Association of Pregnancy Centers, which are all “pregnancy resource centers” offering misinformation and limited options. If only the people paying for these plates would put that kind of money into comprehensive sex ed, prenatal care and pediatric care, or day care funding — basically anything that would give women more real options in choosing whether or not to carry pregnancies to term.

  • jd55418

    I hope they will get these in Minnesota.
    fast passport

  • SarahMC

    I would definitely get one of these for my car if I did not strongly suspect it would invite keying and tire deflation.

  • Icewyche

    Same here. I once had some jerk write obscenities on my “Feminism is the radical notion that women are people” bumper sticker, so as much as I want a pro-choice plate, I have to debate whether I want to take the risk of having my car vandalized for it.
    Which is very, very sad and says a great deal about the part of Virginia in which I live.

  • Marj

    I feel similarly (though Nebraska doesn’t have them–yet). On the other hand, it looks like someone has already keyed my car, and I don’t have any bumper stickers, pro-choice or otherwise.
    On the other other hand, I’ve seen some pro-choice bumper stickers around here already, so at least I wouldn’t be alone.

  • http://openid.aol.com/percat6

    I always figured the “choose adoption” plates were about choosing to adopt, rather than choosing to put your kid up for adoption…

  • liv79

    Woot Montana!