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House Passes Abortion Teaching Bill

The North Carolina Legislative Building
Dave Crosby

Lawmakers in the state House have passed a bill that would require seventh graders and above to learn that abortions are a risk factor for pre-term births.

A Democratic representative introduced an amendment to the bill that called abortion and other factors risks rather than causes. The amendment passed.

But other Democrats said 7th graders were too young to be learning about abortions in school. Republican Representative Jim Fulghum of Raleigh says that's not true.

"Four thousand abortions were done in 2009, according to the CDC, under the age of 15. Children are having abortions. Children are sexually active. You don't believe your 12-year-old's driving your car, you better wake up. You don't believe that nine and ten-year-old's experimenting with sex, you better wake up," said Fulgum.

The bill has already passed the Senate. But now the Senate will have to approve the changes House lawmakers have made to the bill.

Jessica Jones covers both the legislature in Raleigh and politics across the state. Before her current assignment, Jessica was given the responsibility to open up WUNC's first Greensboro Bureau at the Triad Stage in 2009. She's a seasoned public radio reporter who's covered everything from education to immigration, and she's a regular contributor to NPR's news programs. Jessica started her career in journalism in Egypt, where she freelanced for international print and radio outlets. After stints in Washington, D.C. with Voice of America and NPR, Jessica joined the staff of WUNC in 1999. She is a graduate of Yale University.
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