Abortion Education Bill Passes NC Senate

6:33 AM, May 14, 2013   |    comments
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Raleigh, NC -- A divisive bill requiring North Carolina educators to teach children that abortion causes later premature births is headed to the House.   

The bill passed the Senate Monday 38-10 with some Democratic support. The bill requires those in grades seven and higher to learn about the risk factors associated with premature birth.   

The inclusion of a longer list of risk factors hasn't appeased some Democrats and abortion-rights groups. They say calling abortion a "cause" of preterm birth isn't supported by a scientific consensus of major health organizations.   

Republicans counter that a 2012 state report supported a link between the two. They also read a document they said came from a Charlotte abortion clinic that requires patients to acknowledge the risk of future premature births before the procedure.

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