The Associated Press reported that the state plans to require anti-abortion signs in restrooms in restaurants, public schools, hospitals and nursing homes. The signs, per AP, would read, in part: “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 are required to be posted in these institutions by January 2018. The provision was part of a law passed by the state legislature earlier this year that requires the state to produce informational material for pregnant women “for the purpose of achieving an abortion-free society,” according to AP.
The state legislature did not allocate any funds for the signs, which are expected to cost more than $2 million. “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,” Oklahoma Restaurant Association President Jim Hooper told the AP. “It’s just another mandate on small businesses. It’s not just restaurants. It includes hospitals, nursing homes. It just doesn’t make sense.”
Since the election of Donald Trump, who has said he’ll appoint anti-abortion justices to the Supreme Court, a number of states have made attempts to restrict abortion. A new rule in Texas requires abortion providers to bury or cremate fetal remains, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a law banning abortion at 20 weeks — even in cases of rape or incest — on Tuesday (while vetoing a controversial ‘heartbeat’ bill that would have banned abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen as early as six weeks.)
Many opponents of the bill shared their disgust at the plan on Twitter: