- Fatal-shooting victim ID'd; uncle said he tried to break up fight (9/29/16)30
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Sister: Shooting victim died a hero (9/30/16)8
- Perryville couple arrested on felony drug charges after sting operation (9/29/16)
- Perryville High principal on leave; no reason given (9/28/16)9
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Animal-rescue group receives grant from rock star for spay, neuter assistance (9/28/16)1
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Monia pleads guilty to 9 counts of financial exploitation of elderly; dealings with murderer Joseph clarified (9/28/16)11
Enough license plates
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
We're all for free speech. The more the merrier. But revving up the abortion debate every time we pull out of the driveway?
Missouri state Rep. Larry Crawford, R-California, is pushing a "Respect Life" license plate bill in the Missouri Legislature.
Drivers who want the plate would pony up $25, which would be deposited in the Missouri Alternatives to Abortion Support Fund.
That money would go to help women cope with unplanned pregnancies.
Not to be outdone, Sen. Joan Bray, D-University City, is pushing for a pro-choice plate saying "Freedom Choice"; money from the sale of this plate would go into the Missouri Freedom Choice Support Fund. The money would be used for family planning grants but not abortion services.
Let's see how this scenario would play out.
The legislature is strongly anti-abortion, so it probably would pass only Mr. Crawford's anti-abortion plate. That would guarantee a lawsuit. A judge would have to decide if a state can support one side in the political debate and force the other side to stare at it. And, as the King of Siam once said, "Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera."
Missouri has done license plates. We already have 140 different kinds, supporting everything from child-abuse prevention to Mizzou football to fearless firefighters to conservation -- nothing terribly contentious or truly divisive. In the interest of preventing road rage and not pouring more fuel on an annual debate that produces more heat than light in the legislature, maybe we could agree to keep abortion off our plates.