House approves abortion education bill, sends it back to Senate

House approves abortion education bill, sends it back to Senate

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Senate Bill 132 passed the House with a vote of 68-42. The bill will now return to the Senate for final approval of the House's changes. (Charlotte Huffman, WNCN) Senate Bill 132 passed the House with a vote of 68-42. The bill will now return to the Senate for final approval of the House's changes. (Charlotte Huffman, WNCN)
RALEIGH, N.C. -

A bill requiring North Carolina educators to teach that abortions mean the risk of later premature births will head back to the Senate for final approval.

Senate Bill 132 passed the House with a vote of 68-42 moving it one step closer to becoming law.

On Thursday, an amendment was introduced and passed 110-4 to change the language in the bill from "cause" to "risk."

The two parties dispute the scientific basis for including abortion as a cause of later preterm birth, which can lead to development complications and death. Opponents argued calling abortion a "cause" goes too far when the relationship is a correlation at best.

The measure requires educators to teach students in grades seven and higher about a number of risk factors associated with later premature births, including abortion, inadequate prenatal care and smoking.

Rep. Rick Glazier (D-District 44) argued that teaching abortion to children is not age-appropriate and the state's teachers are not in the position to be able to teach this.

"We aren't willing to let them learn about condoms, but we are sure willing to let them learn about abortions," Glazier said. "This is opening Pandora's Box. It's unfair to schools, unfair to children, unfair to families."

"It is age appropriate. We want teenagers before they get pregnant to realize that there's a consequence of induced abortions on their future child bearing abilities," said Republican Rep. Skip Stam. 

The bill will now return to the Senate for final approval of the House's changes. Rep. Stam says he fully expects the Senate to approve it.

Charlotte Huffman

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