Oklahoma may require restroom signs in anti-abortion effort

The law requires the signs to be posted by January 2018


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Oklahoma will 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 the number of abortions.

The State Board of Health on Tuesday will consider regulations for the signs, which were tucked into a law passed this year. The signs are expected to cost more than $2.3 million to implement.

The law requires the signs to be posted by January 2018.

Groups representing hospitals and restaurants complain that the new requirements are an expensive, unfunded mandate.

An anti-abortion group requested the measure. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. A.J. Griffin, says it may need to be revised.

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