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Abortion debate develops over specialized license plate bill

February 24, 2000
By: Laetitia Thompson
State Capital Bureau

Discussion on a routine bill creating specialized license plates developed into an animated debate over abortion in the Missouri Senate.

Laetitia Thompson has the story from the state capitol.

Story:
RunTime:
OutCue: SOC

The abortion debate began after Rolla Senator Sarah Steelman proposed a special "Respect Life" license plate supporting the Missouri Alternatives to Abortion support fund.

Columbia's senator Ken Jacobs said he opposes any issue allowing abortion to further polarize Missouri.

Actuality:JACOBS
RunTime: 9 SEC
OutCue: "AGAINST EACH OTHER."
Contents: JACOBS SAYS GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT PUT THIS ON CARS AND CAUSE PEOPLE TO BE AGAINST EACH OTHER.

After extended debate on abortion the Senate voted in favor of the "Respect Life" license plate.

But the bill's sponsor quickly killed the entire bill in protest of the special license plate.

From Jefferson City, I'm Laetitia Thompson.


A discussion on a bill creating specialized license plates developed into a heated abortion debate in the Missouri Senate.

Laetitia Thompson has the story from the state capitol.

Story:
RunTime:
OutCue: SOC

Abortion debate began after Republican Sarah Steelman proposed creating a "Respect Life" license plate supporting the Missouri Alternatives to Abortion support fund.

The bill's sponsor Democrat Danny Staples says he won't support any religious and political beliefs displayed on license plates.

Actuality:STAPLES
RunTime: 16 SEC
OutCue: "THAT SAY THAT."
Contents: STAPLES SAYS HE DOESN'T BELIEVE GOVERNMENT HAS A PLACE FOR ANY BELIEFS EXPRESSED ON A LICENSE PLATE.

After extended abortion debate the Senate voted in favor of the "Respect Life" license plate...prompting Staples to kill the entire bill in protest.