OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill that requires the state Department of Health to develop informational material “for the purpose of achieving an abortion-free society” was signed into law.
On Monday afternoon, Gov. Fallin signed The Humanity of the Unborn Child Act.
The act, authored by Republican Rep. Ann Coody, authorizes the health department to develop a public information campaign about the developmental stages of a fetus and alternatives to abortion. It also authorizes an optional instructional program for students.
A previous version of the bill that required Oklahoma’s public schools to teach that life begins at conception was amended in the Senate.
However, the bill’s message clearly states that any information distributed to the public “shall clearly and consistently teach that abortion kills a living human being.”
The bill also states that information should be available for prenatal health care, but “no program or state employee may refer any student to a medical facility or any provider for the performance of an abortion.” It also says that the program should include “no component of human sexuality education other than those included in science education standards.”
Coody says the legislation can only be implemented if funding is available in the future.
The act will go into effect Nov. 1.