Nevada’s anti-abortion license plate discontinued after lack of support

Values Life license plate
The 'Values Life' specialized license plate supports a pregnancy crisis center in Southern Nevada.
Values Life license plate
The ‘Values Life’ specialized license plate supports a pregnancy crisis center in Southern Nevada.

The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles confirmed Thursday that an anti-abortion specialty license plate has been discontinued after failing to prove its demand.

The “Values Life” specialty license plate debuted in July 2018 and had until Dec. 31, 2019 to receive 3,000 active registrations. It fell short of that quota.

According to a DMV spokesperson, 2,005 of the specialty were plates were registered by the midnight deadline.

The plate was a fundraising project of the Women’s Resource Medical Centers of Southern Nevada, which describes its mission as helping “save the lives of unborn children by sharing the love of Jesus Christ through spiritual, physical, emotional and educational support to our clients.” The center explicitly states it does not recommend, provide or refer for abortions.

Those Nevadans who signed up for the “Values Life” license plate will be able to keep them and re-register them, with $20 of the renewal fee going to WRMCSN.

Nevada has some of the least restrictive abortion laws in the country.

Also discontinued for failing to garner enough support is the “Heritage of Sparks” specialty license plate, which featured Last Chance Joe and supports the Sparks Heritage Museum and Cultural Center.

April Corbin Girnus
April Corbin Girnus is an award-winning journalist with a decade of media experience. She has been a beat writer at Las Vegas Sun, a staff writer at LEO Weekly, web editor of Las Vegas Weekly and a blogger documenting North American bike share systems’ efforts to increase ridership in underserved communities. An occasional adjunct journalism professor, April steadfastly rejects the notion that journalism is a worthless major. Amid the Great Recession, she earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. She later earned an M.A. in media studies and a graduate certificate in media management from The New School for Public Engagement. April currently serves on the board of the Society of Professional Journalists Las Vegas pro chapter. A stickler about municipal boundary lines, April enjoys teaching people about unincorporated Clark County. She grew up in Sunrise Manor and currently resides in Paradise with her husband, two children and three mutts.