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Public hearing on "Choose Life" specialty license plate Tuesday

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A proposed anti-abortion license plate drew a host of comments Tuesday at a public hearing at the State Capitol. 

Assembly Republican Andre Jacque of De Pere is trying for a second time to create a specialized plate that reads "Choose Life," with an image of a baby's footprint. 

It would join almost three dozen other specialized plates that identify firefighters and UW graduates, and celebrate everything from children to the Green Bay Packers.  

Assembly Democrat Chris Danou of Trempealeau said none of those other specialized plates raise politically-divisive issues like abortion. 

Julaine Appling of "Choose Life Wisconsin" said those buying the new plates would not be looking to make political statements, and instead would be expressing their personal beliefs. Appling's group would get $25 from every plate sold. She says it would be directly given to pregnancy care centers throughout Wisconsin. 

The Assembly Transportation Committee also heard testimony on several other proposed new specialty plates -- including ones for Trout Unlimited, the ALS Association, and a plate that reads "In God We Trust."

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