RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A bill requiring North Carolina educators to teach that abortions are linked to later premature births has tentatively passed the state Senate.
The Senate gave initial approval Thursday to an amended version of the bill that will now include other factors associated with premature births at the suggestion of Democrats who questioned the scientific consensus around the abortion link.
Republican sponsors cited a 2012 state report concluding a link exists between abortion and premature births.
Democrats and expert opponents have questioned that link by noting doubt among major health organizations.
The bill will return for another Senate vote. The bill will head to the House if it clears the Senate.
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