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Oklahoma To Require Pro-Life Signs In Bathrooms

| by Michael Allen

Oklahoma will require businesses, public schools and other organizations to post pro-life signs in their bathrooms by January 2018.

The Humanity of the Unborn Child Act was passed earlier in 2016, notes Law Newz, and requires the following message on the signs, which must be posted in any facility regulated by the state's Department of Health:

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 Tulsa Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy said the law is "completely unnecessary and unwanted," reports The Associated Press.

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Jim Hooper, president of the Oklahoma Restaurant Association, said:

We don't have any concern about the information they're trying to get out to women about their babies and their pregnancy. This is just the wrong way to do it. It's just another mandate on small businesses. It's not just restaurants. It includes hospitals, nursing homes. It just doesn't make sense.

It's not clear why elderly women in nursing homes would need pregnancy information, or why hospitals would need to post the signs.

The Oklahoma Hospital Association estimates the signs will cost about $225,000 for Oklahoma's 140 licensed hospitals, while other businesses and organizations have an estimated $2.1 million cost on their hands.

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Now that her bill is law, Republican state Sen. A.J. Griffin thinks there needs to be some changes: "I do see how it is going to need to be tempered a tad. We need to make sure we have something that's reasonable and still effective."

The law also requires that schools carry educational materials "to teach the humanity of the unborn child," reports Law Newz.

The schools can decide how they want to teach that topic, but they are not allowed to teach biological facts about sex education "other than those included in science education standards."

Sources: Law Newz, AP via The News & Observer / Photo credit: Steve Sisney/The Oklahoman

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