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TX Attorney General announces ‘Choose Life’ advisory committee

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The Choose Life license plate is just one of hundreds of different styles of tags that can be attached to car bumpers in Texas.

Since going on sale back in November of 2011, about 1,400 have been sold raising nearly $32,000 to promote adoption.

"We are here today to talk about a great way to choose life in the state of Texas," Attorney General Greg Abbott said.

Friday Abbott introduced a seven member advisory committee that will help him divvy up the money.

"I think the plan will be that money will be spent later on this year, and it will be spent in a way there are safe guards that it is going toward its intended purpose and will be used effectively and there will be consequences if those standards are not met," Abbott said.

The authorizing legislation gives broad discretion into how the money should be spent. So while finding homes for unwanted children is the goal identifying just who will fulfill that mission is something the Attorney General could not do.

"There is going to be various different ways that the funding can be used depending on the type of agency that is the recipient of these funds," Abbott said.

The only firm directive from state lawmakers is that money from the license plates cannot be used to pay for any administrative costs.

The idea behind this license plate actually won support from a major pro-abortion group. The hope was that the money would go to licensed adoption agencies and a phrase, something like, support adoption, would be used on the tag.

Pro-choice Texas, issued the following statement:

"It remains inappropriate for the state to use its resources to promote and fund unlicensed crisis pregnancy centers who do not provide medical care and have as their primary goal preventing women from having abortions by coercing them with misinformation."

The license plate is considered to be nothing more than a political slogan as the statement continued with "proponents of this bill were more interested in making a statement about abortion than doing what was best for Texas women in need."

The Attorney General said the license plate as it appears now should with-stand any legal challenge and suggested those in opposition apply to have their own specialty car tag.

According to Texas Alliance for Life, Texas is the 25th state with a Choose Life plate. And more than $15 million has been raised to promote adoption in the 24 states that currently have the plate.

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