Oklahoma facing abortion-related restroom signs controversy – CBS News
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma plans to force hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants and public schools to post signs inside public restrooms directing pregnant women where to receive services, as part of an effort to reduce abortions in the state.
The State Board of Health was to consider regulations for the signs Tuesday. Businesses and other organizations will have to pay an estimated $2.3 million to put the signs up because the Legislature didn’t approve any money for them.
The provision for the signs was tucked into a law the Legislature passed this year that requires the state to develop informational material “for the purpose of achieving an abortion-free society.” The signs must be posted by January 2018.
Groups representing hospitals and restaurants are among those complaining that the new requirements are an expensive, unfunded mandate from the Legislature.
“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,” said Jim Hooper, president of the Oklahoma Restaurant Association. “It’s just another mandate on small businesses. It’s not just restaurants. It includes hospitals, nursing homes. It just doesn’t make sense.”
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