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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A bill requiring North Carolina educators to teach that abortions put women at risk of later premature births has been approved by the House.

Lawmakers approved the bill Thursday mostly along party lines. 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.

Republicans agreed to a Democratic amendment calling abortion and other dangers “risks” rather than “causes.” 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. Democrats call the bill an attempt to inject political ideology into school curriculum.

The bill already passed the Senate, which will have to approve the House’s changes.

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  • Guest4396

    I am a man and I simply cannot understand why the religious right and the law makers cannot leave women alone when it comes to being in control of their own body.

  • Vog46

    We need jobs and we get?

    Education about abortion?
    We need jobs and we get?
    Laws, no studies about 70mph highways
    We need jobs and what do we get?
    Excessive pay raises for department czars
    We need jobs and what do we get?
    Vaginal wands

    The entire legislature needs to be replaced


  • Mr.T

    You keep talking like that and you will be on S*&t list with me!

  • GuestO’Day

    Vog, this is very disappointing news. I wish I could wave a vaginal wand and make these idiots go away.

  • GuestGuess

    They don’t need ‘scare tactics’. How about teaching them about contraception and how to not get pregnant?

  • Guestshelia

    The General Assembly session is coming to an end and NO JOBS BILL!!! 600 jobs lost in Brunswick County las week and no hope for those people. We got legislation reducing unemployment benefits, banning female nipples, making cursive handwriting mandatory, attempting to make Christianity the State Religion, no limits on classroom size, abortion education ….oh, and the entire Governor’s staff got themselves a raise.

    SHAME on North Carolinians that voted these ineffectual charlatans into office.

    By the way, which of these three is FROM North Carolina?:

    Gov. Pat McCrory?
    Rep. Thom Tillis?
    Sen. Phil Berger?

    NONE of them. Meanwhile, they will keep dismantling this state’s progress in education until we are on par or below Mississippi and Alabama.

  • GuestBaloney

    Guestsheila, this is intriguing…. none of these turkeys are native N. Carolinians! To see a silver lining, at least Tillis is a southerner originally from Jax, FL. Thanks for bringing this up again. A couple days ago another poster referred to these politicians as “carpetbaggers” and I didn’t take the time to look up their “pedigrees”. With due respect to the carpetbagger poster I would like to propose a modest change to that word and name, teabaggers is more effective because carpetbaggers don’t suck balls.

  • Erlkoenig

    I voted for them and love the job they are doing. Government doesn’t create jobs. Government creates freeloaders. You’re not even honest in your post.

  • GuestMan.

    You hit the nail right on the head. The John Birchers(excuse me, I meant Tea Baggers)that voted for these clowns have done North Carolina a huge injustice.

  • Vog46

    It would be worse for you to be associated with me I believe.

    This Legislature is worried about something as they went way too far and way too fast.
    But what really got my goat was the DAK situation.
    We got nothing from Sen Rabon, or Rep Iler, nothing from Goolsby or Hamilton or the Governors office.
    But Sen Hagan pipes up – and gets criticized HERE for speaking about DAK. A Democrat – the only politicians to say anything about the DAK closure.
    And Sen Rabon is Chair of the Finance Committee.
    No, we have to hear from a U.S. Senator instead.
    This legislature is a bitter disappointment as i sthis Administration
    Where was the Commerce sec when this happened:

    Asleep a the wheel? Incentives not big enough?
    This is absurd. If it happened during Smileys tenure the Admin got crap – now that its happened during Smirkey’s tenure the admin gets silence.
    This admin is nothing but BS – same ol’ same ol’……..


  • Brother Otis

    I think our young people need to know that killing babies comes at a price. You folks that are crying about needing jobs…come mow my grass and I will pay you. There are lots of places hiring…folks just ain’t looking. They just want the handouts!

  • In the Middle

    Great! Will you pay $18/hr to mow your lawn? Any benefits? Somehow, I don’t think you and others will pay someone enough to live on. Have you been advertising this? Are people not taking you up on your job offer? Yes, there are jobs out there. Unfortunately, many are very low paying, esp. around Wilmington. When I was out of work, I was over qualified for most, so they didn’t even want to hire me, much less interview me, and I have two college degrees and great references!

  • Charles Walters

    It’s not a baby until it can live on it’s own!!

  • Vog46

    “Candidate for Governor Pat McCrory said he would sign NO NEW abortion legislation while he was governor.”
    Will Pat keep his campaign promise?
    Or will he let the Dems accuse him (rightfully so) of lying?

    Interesting conundrum


  • Guest 1492

    “The United States Department of Commerce (DOC) is the Cabinet department of the United States government concerned with promoting economic growth. The mission of the department is to “promote job creation and improved living standards for all Americans by creating an infrastructure that promotes economic growth, technological competitiveness, and sustainable development.”

    Gosh golly there Earl, looks like some parts of government are involved in job creation.

    You’re not even accurate in your post.

  • Guestnutz

    That fetus needs to be yanked out. Look at it, you can tell it’s a liberal. It has its finger up its nose!

  • agnes

    That attitude is to problem. If it aint $18 an hour you don’t want it and neither does anyone else. You are too good to work for less…is that what you mean for over qualified? Get you some kids and let them get hungry and you will suddenly become qualified for any job that pays…uness the govt keeps handing out money, food and housing for free! If thats the case why work?

  • B

    Republican logic at its best.
    lazy folks+
    lots of babies=
    suddenly responsible individuals?
    Do you get public assistance with all those babies when you have them?
    Oh that’s right. You all don’t that either.

  • Charles Walters

    Every teacher in NC should refuse to teach this, and dare anyone to fire them for it. This is not a teachers job to teach things that only a trained medical professional should be telling people. States can not over rule Roe v Wade it is the law of the land, and the religious nuts and the Bible thumpers have no say in this. The Government needs to stay out of medical matters. So just shut up, and go away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Vog46

    Lookee what they passed on the sly yesterday:
    From WRAL:

    “A bill restricting abortions that popped up in the state Senate without public notice Tuesday evening and received swift approval would force clinics to meet expensive license requirements and make it more difficult for doctors to perform the procedures.

    Under the bill, which was tacked onto another measure dealing with Islamic law, abortion clinics would have to meet license standards similar to those of ambulatory surgical centers. According to legislative staff, only one clinic in the state currently meets that standard. The state’s four Planned Parenthood clinics don’t meet it. The bill would also require doctors to be present when women take drugs that induce abortions.

    The Senate approved the measure with a preliminary vote of 27-14. A final vote expected Wednesday would send the bill to the House, which has already passed some of the provisions included in the bill. It also sets up a sticky situation for Republican Gov. Pat McCrory who said during his campaign that he would not sign laws that further restrict abortions. If it passes, the bill could become law without his signature. McCrory’s office said Tuesday night that it had no comment on the bill.

    Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/02/3006634/senate-to-vote-tonight-on-bill.html#storylink=cpy

    If the governor signs it he can then be labelled as a liar.
    Look I’m against abortion because my faith says it’s wrong but this is secular law.
    What bothers me MOST about this is that the GOP has the majority so why the need for secretly attaching this to a bill about Sharia law in NC?

    If it smells bad it usually IS bad.



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