Georgia Baptists who want to give broader visibility to their pro-life stance have an opportunity to turn their cars into tools that proclaim that belief wherever they drive. Small billboards all across Georgia now proclaim “Choose Life” every time the driver takes to the highways.
The billboards are on the bumpers of almost 4,000 cars in the form of Choose Life license plates.
Since 2007 pro-life Georgians have paid a bit extra to spread this message of life as they drive. In doing so, they also have contributed more than $300,000 to Georgia pregnancy centers where over 18,000 women have chosen adoption or parenting over abortion in the last ten years.
The legislation to create this specialty tag was spearheaded by State Representative Tom Rice, an elder at Atlanta area-Peachtree Corners Baptist Church. As chairman of the House Motor Vehicles Committee, he worked with Georgia Right to Life and other pro-life and pro-family groups to make the license plates available to Georgia drivers. And he ensured that part of the fee would go to “agencies who present the option of adoption, not abortion."
Choose Life of Georgia, Inc., receives $10 of the annual fee for each tag, and distributes it to 40 pregnancy resource centers (PRCs.) In order to receive their share of the funds, PRC staff and volunteers are trained to ensure that every client receives truthful information about the adoption option.
“We know client advocates are much more comfortable presenting adoption when they are prepared with factual current information and sensitive wording,” said Donna Perry of Life Resources of Georgia, an organization which works to advance the scope, effectiveness and impact of pregnancy centers in Georgia.
Perry, who attends First Baptist Church of Woodstock, applauds Georgia Baptists for their longstanding support of the state's pregnancy centers.
"So much of the progress of these centers is tied to the grant support from the Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation. In addition, the backbone of every center is the support of the local church through volunteers and financial assistance. But it doesn't stop there ... many Georgia Baptist Associations throughout the state are largely invested in the support of these ministries," Perry added.
Life Resources of Georgia serves 65 pregnancy care centers statewide.
In addition to quarterly checks received through the sale of the license plates, Choose Life helps meet special needs of pregnancy centers, such as repairs to a center damaged by a flood. Others have received funds for training to become Pregnancy Medical Clinics, which offer limited ultrasound and other medical services.
Tags are available for purchase all year round through each county’s Department of Driver Services, and instructions on how to apply are available on Choose Life’s website, www.chooselifega.org. Adoptive couples and adoptees proudly display the distinctive tags, as do others who are pro-life.
Nationally the license plates in 29 states have raised almost $23 million since Florida put the first Choose Life tag on the road in August, 2000. The life-affirming message and work of those tiny billboards are impacting our culture. Help promote the positive alternatives to abortion.
Perry encourages concerned citizens to purchase a Choose Life tag to create greater awareness of the positive issue of life.
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