OKLAHOMA CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) - A new bill from the Oklahoma state legislature may soon require hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants and public schools to post pro-life signs in their restrooms.
House Bill 2797, which was passed earlier this year, is now in the hands of the State Department of Health, which will vote on a budget to implement the bill Tuesday.
The signs in the restrooms will 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 legislation was requested by pro-life group Oklahomans for Life. The bill is part of the state's desire to work toward an "abortion-free society" and requires the State Department of Health to make available materials that "consistently teach that abortion kills a living human being."
The changes the bill wishes to bring about will be through all facilities operated by the State Department of Health, including most public schools.
Along with providing pro-life materials in State Department-monitored facilities, the HB 2797 also seeks to require the Department of Health to develop and maintain electronic forms and websites "concerning public and private agencies and services available to assist a woman through pregnancy."
Many pro-abortion critics are upset about the bill and are hoping the government won't include the bill in the upcoming vote on budget.
"We don't have any concern about the information they're trying to get out to women about their babies and their pregnancy," said Jim Hooper, president of the Oklahoma Restaurant Association. "This is just the wrong way to do it. It's just another mandate on small businesses."
Tony Lauinger, executive director of Oklahomans for Life, said he hopes to implement the bill as long as funds are available.