RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A bill requiring North Carolina educators to teach that abortions cause later premature births is scheduled for a final vote in the state House.
The House is set to take up the bill Thursday after giving tentative approval Wednesday. 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.
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 also argue calling abortion a “cause” goes too far when the relationship is a correlation at best.
The bill already passed the Senate, which would have to approve the House’s changes.