Rhode Island governor vetoes 'Choose Life' license plate

      A "Choose Life" license plate that was proposed in Tennessee several years ago. Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee vetoed a bill for a similar plate.

      PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) â?? Rhode Island's governor has vetoed legislation to authorize a "Choose Life" license plate that would have raised money for a Christian crisis pregnancy center that opposes abortion.

      Democratic Gov. Lincoln Chafee made the move Tuesday, saying it's inappropriate to use state license plates to raise money for a religious organization.

      Lawmakers approved the plate earlier this month.

      Half of the $40 cost of the plate would have gone to CareNet, a faith-based crisis pregnancy center in Providence. Supporters said the proceeds could have reduced abortions.

      Abortion rights supporters had urged Chafee to veto the bill.

      A vote by three-fifths of the General Assembly would override the veto. But with House Speaker Gordon Fox opposed to the bill, it's unlikely another vote would occur.

      Twenty-nine states offer similar plates.

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