DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - On February 28, Nebraska lawmakers gave initial approval for citizens to display pro-life license plates, and on the same day Iowa lawmakers advanced a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The Nebraska senate voted 37–7 to advance the bill, which would require the Department of Motor Vehicles to design and distribute the specialty "Choose Life" tag. If approved, Nebraska will join 29 other states that offer such tags.
Pro-life issues are front and center on the national stage. Americans are especially focused on Planned Parenthood and the legality of abortion. Sensing a possible change in the law, more than 600,000 pro-abortion advocates marched in the infamous Women's March in January.
President Trump has said, "As far as Planned Parenthood is concerned, I'm pro-life. I'm totally against abortion, having to do with Planned Parenthood."
The president has added that under his administration he would push for a pro-life Supreme Court justice, beginning to change the Court's ideological balance for an eventual overturn of Roe v. Wade. This would bring the issue back to the states.
Speaking of the Iowa abortion ban, Joan Thompson, spokeswoman for the Iowa Catholic Conference, said, "After facing years of obstacles, especially the rejection of scientific and biological fact, we have a path to begin to end the assault on the lives and dignity of women and children and protect the fundamental right to life."
Bob Blank, Omaha chairman for National Choose Life, has been fighting for pro-life legislation for years on the state level. Speaking of the "Choose Life" plates, Blank told reporters, "This plate may outnumber any other specialty plate that's out there, because there's more pro-lifers out there in Nebraska than there are any other interests."
The state senate battle for pro-life plates began in April last year, as Nebraska senators filibustered the pro-life plates bill and tried to add amendments, changing the language in the process. Some Nebraska senators proposed swapping the "Choose Life" message with the following: "Black Lives Matter," "Love Your Mother," "Ban Meat," "Ban Genetically Modified Organisms" or "Legalize It" — a reference to marijuana.
Nebraska was the first state to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in 2010.