OKLAHOMA CITY — Hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants and public schools in Oklahoma could be required to post pro-life signs inside public restrooms, under a proposal being considered by the State Legislature.
Under the Humanity of the Unborn Child Act, the State Department of Health would have to create signs that read:
“There are many public and private agencies willing and able to help you carry your child to term and assist you and your child after your child is born, whether you choose to keep your child or to place him or her for adoption. The State of Oklahoma strongly urges you to contact them if you are pregnant.”
The signs would have to be posted in “each facility in this state which is open to the public containing a restroom available to the public, and licensed by the State Department of Health.”
The signs would also contain the address to a website containing a “comprehensive list of the agencies available, including adoption agencies, a description of the services they offer and a description of the manner, including telephone numbers and email addresses, by which they might be contacted.”
If it passes, the signs would have to be in place on or before Jan. 1, 2018.
According to the Associated Press, it would cost businesses and other organizations an estimated $2.3 million to put up the signs because the Legislature didn’t approve any funding for them.
Earlier this year, the Legislature passed a law requiring the state to develop informational material “for the purpose of achieving an abortion-free society.”