I had no idea the state of Georgia could fit in my uterus.

Imagine my surprise disgust, when standing in line to pay my ad valorem tax at the Fulton county annex (what? It’s tradition to go in person) and gazing at the sample plates on the wall, that I saw this:

Wildflowers, I get. Give Wildlife a Chance, I get. Breast Cancer, I get.

And before you start a protest rally outside my house, make no mistake: I support adoption. What I don’t support (or understand) is putting out a Pro-Life plate with no Pro-Choice plate. Is it because it’s more a popular/fashionable stance? And since when is it appropriate to put a stance about such a sensitive, private choice on a car tag?

WTF, GA?

Oh and PS, I’m now fully aware that I’m 5 years late being annoyed with this. I have no idea where I’ve been.

15 Comments so far

  1. Nunya (unregistered) on January 31st, 2010 @ 5:48 pm

    You’re pro-choice? Then what’s the problem? It does say “CHOOSE life”. Sounds like a pro-choice tag to me. They celebrate that they have a choice.

    Of course, you can petition to get a “Choose feticide” tag. Maybe that could satisfy your desire for both sides being expressed.


  2. jam (unregistered) on January 31st, 2010 @ 6:00 pm

    I love that your writing makes me laugh. Out loud. Reminds me of the Bill Hicks bit where he says – If you’re truly pro-life then shouldn’t you block cemeteries, not abortion clinics?


  3. DnA (unregistered) on January 31st, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

    Just removed metblogs from my rss reader. Great job! Bye.


  4. maigh on January 31st, 2010 @ 6:20 pm

    Would love to continue the dialog, Nunya, it’s a shame you couldn’t use a name or real email address for it.

    Thanks Jam – glad you got it… :)

    DnA? Buh bye.


  5. Vic (unregistered) on January 31st, 2010 @ 7:42 pm

    Agreed Maigh. Seems more appropriate for a bumper sticker.
    10 – 1 says your two haters don’t have a uterus. Just sayin’…


  6. Roxie (unregistered) on January 31st, 2010 @ 11:48 pm

    I think there was a case in VA about this. They came out with a “Choose Choice/Trust Women”.

    imo, it does seem rather inappropriate. isn’t that what bumper stickers are for?


  7. Rashid Z. Muhammad (unregistered) on February 1st, 2010 @ 9:04 am

    Nunya is right. Allow me to explain in a slightly more tactful manner:

    1) Last week there was a “pro-life” rally at the Capitol where there were many “Choose life” signs and I remember thinking exactly what Nunya was saying: These people have essentially conceded the grounds of “choice” and are now pushing for a particular choice as opposed to no choice whatsoever (making abortion illegal).

    The move is tactically brilliant because – by co-opting advocacy of “choice” – it puts the pro-choice crowd in the sticky position of having to possibly re-brand itself for differentiation.

    2) It is probable that individual lobbying groups are responsible for getting these plates proposed and that the groups on the choice side have dropped the ball here. Then again – back to Nunya and point 1 – what would they possibly put on the tag to contrast?

    Bottom line: The pro-life side has seemingly accepted that women should have a choice and decided to advocate a particular choice. This is an unqualified victory for the pro-choice side and, if you advocate for women’s choice, is worthy of celebration as opposed to indignation – at least to the extent that this “choose life” campaign represents the total pro-life movement.

    Sometimes we fight so hard and for so long and that we forget how victory should look.


  8. Roxie (unregistered) on February 1st, 2010 @ 9:32 am

    “The pro-life side has seemingly accepted that women should have a choice and decided to advocate a particular choice.”
    Um, not exactly. They still want abortion to be illegal. They just want you to choose the life they think is appropriate for all women at any time. It’s a total misdirect. It’s very much anti-choice.


  9. Rashid Z. Muhammad (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2010 @ 10:37 am

    We’re free to read whatever we’d like into what we see but “Choose Life” doesn’t seem to leave a whole lot of room for interpretation since making abortion illegal doesn’t leave much room for choosing.

    Plus, When you go to the Choose Life website (http://www.choose-life.org/) their purpose is stated as such:

    “To work with interested citizens within Florida and other states to create a specialty license plate with the slogan “Choose Life” whose proceeds would be used to facilitate and encourage adoption as a positive choice for women with unplanned pregnancies.”

    That is working well within the parameters of choice as I’ve always understood it.


  10. Maigh (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2010 @ 10:43 am

    As a woman (hellz yeah!), I don’t infer the same thing you do.

    When I read the words: “To work with interested citizens within Florida and other states to create a specialty license plate with the slogan “Choose Life” whose proceeds would be used to facilitate and encourage adoption as a positive choice for women with unplanned pregnancies.”

    It translates to: “Sure, you have a choice and the choice is have the baby and let someone adopt it.”

    As Roxy so beautifully articulated above: “They just want you to choose the life they think is appropriate for all women at any time. It’s a total misdirect. It’s very much anti-choice.”


  11. Rashid Z. Muhammad (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2010 @ 2:57 pm

    Seriously? You interpret “facilitate and encourage adoption as a positive choice for women” as strong-arming women into having kids and putting them up? With all due respect, is there no room for good faith on this topic?

    I mean it’s not like the people who have those strong-arming types of motives in mind have any reason to be shy about expressing them.


  12. Maigh (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2010 @ 3:57 pm

    Absolutely as a woman my view is tainted, people are always telling me what to do with my uterus. From water cooler “you don’t have kids!?” to picketers outside clinics, everyone wants in! ;)

    (trying to insert levity)

    I think it really may be one of those things that seems logical enough until you’re in it – then you know there is no logic, it’s all a game, and they’re out to get ya! (again, some levity…some)


  13. Rashid Z. Muhammad (unregistered) on February 4th, 2010 @ 6:38 am

    I think I understand where you’re coming from. Hell, it sounds a lot like every adult in my life when I was a teenager trying to influence my decisions for the future (go to college! get married! sign up for selective service! abandon your heathen God!). Everybody knows what’s best, but they won’t have to live out the consequences of their advice. And it’s not that they are always wrong but sometimes making the “wrong” decision does you better in the long run – if for no other reason than the crystallizing effect of a hard lesson learned.

    Having said that, I think that there is a legitimate place in a reasonable pro-choice movement for an effort like choose life. After all, part of making sound choices is having good information about all options.


  14. Stephanie (locaboca) on February 4th, 2010 @ 9:34 am

    I hear ya, Maigh. If I had a nickel for every “You don’t have kids?!?” remark and crazy look I’ve gotten, in the past five years alone (since turning 30), I’d be sunning myself on a tropical isle somewhere instead of sitting here at my desk.


  15. Roxie (unregistered) on February 4th, 2010 @ 1:11 pm

    “I think that there is a legitimate place in a reasonable pro-choice movement for an effort like choose life.”
    Again, no.
    Pro-Choice = We want you to have all options available to you & you get to decide what you think is best for you.

    “Choose Life”= Actually, anti-choice. Wants you to choose adoption and does not want you to be able to choose abortion. Desires to limit your choices how they see fit.

    If I was to take them on “good faith” I’d need to question why they felt they needed to have a license plate AND why they were marching outside the capital. Believe me when I tell you it is a misdirect!



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