Bill Headed to Governor's Desk Requiring NC Students Learn Abortion Leads To Premature Birth

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Legislation directing North Carolina public schools to teach that abortion and other activities put women at risk of premature births later is heading to Gov. Pat McCrory's desk.

The Senate agreed 32-12 Tuesday to House changes to the bill that would add the warning to mandatory health curriculum starting in the seventh grade. The bill says schools must teach that preventable risk factors for preterm births include induced abortion, smoking, alcohol consumption, drug use and inadequate prenatal care.

A newspaper reported McCrory saying last week he would sign the bill if it included the list of risk factors.

Republican lawmakers say the state Child Fatality Task Force recommended adding the risks to the curriculum. Democrats and other opponents say there's not clear scientific evidence linking abortion and later preterm birth.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A bill requiring North Carolina educators to teach that abortions are linked to later premature births has cleared the first of two votes in the state House.

The House tentatively approved the bill Wednesday mostly along party lines. The measure requires students in grades seven and higher to learn about a number of risk factors associated with premature birth, including abortions.

Supporters and opponents dispute the scientific basis for linking abortion to premature birth, which causes developmental complications or death. Other opponents called the bill a political ploy to discourage abortion.

The bill was amended, so it will need one final vote for approval at a later date. The bill would then return to the Senate, which already passed a similar measure.