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Oklahoma Will Force Businesses to Pay for Anti-Abortion Signs

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Oklahoma lawmakers have approved regulations that will require any state-licensed establishment with public restrooms to post signs that urge women not to have an abortion.

While that is obviously fucking absurd and maybe even unconstitutional, there's another remarkable aspect of the new law: businesses will have to pay for the signs.

The signs would be installed before January 2018 in all facilities licensed by the state Department of Health with restrooms that are available to the public.

The regulation is expected to cost affected businesses an estimated $2.3 million because the Oklahoma Legislature did not approve any money to fund sign posting, prompting complaints from business owners. Even the sponsor of the bill considered revising the requirements.

For small businesses of meager means it may not be an option, but larger business may want to consider challenging this regulation in court.

I may be a legal layman, but forcing businesses to display signs that point women toward anti-science, anti-abortion "life-affirming services" seems like a clear violation of free speech and religion under the First Amendment. Forcing businesses to pay for these political propaganda signs adds insult to injury.

It does not take a great stretch of the imagination to picture how Republicans would react if a Democratic government required businesses to display signs (and pay for them) that direct women toward abortion services.

  • I can’t wait to see the creative ways these things will be defaced.

  • muselet

    The sensible response, if this preposterous law were to go into effect, would be to hang the signs so they could only be read from one unlikely angle: say, standing between the last sink and the wall. Complying with the letter of the law while ignoring its intent is something that dates back to Hammurabi.

    –alopecia

    • Draxiar

      Or maybe write it in Klingon, Elvish, Dwarvish, Entish…

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    I give you: The Party of Small Government!

  • Aynwrong

    The Party of Limited Government shows us once again that it’s definition of freedom is controlling other people’s freedom.

  • Username1016

    LOL, and any woman worth her salt is going to vandalize the hell out of the goddam things. What a stupid waste of time and money!