Middle school and high school students in North Carolina could soon get lessons about the dangers of abortion.
A bill requiring public schools to teach the lessons cleared the North Carolina House Thursday.
The measure has stirred up a scientific debate about whether abortions can later cause miscarriage and whether educators should be teaching that lesson in the classroom.
One of the bill's sponsors, state Rep. Sen. Warren Daniel, R-Burke, pointed to a number of publications that support his cause.
"It's important for young women and men, for that matter, to realize before they walk into a clinic that when they're on the cusp of a tough decision to know that if I have an abortion, it could potentially cause reproductive issues in my family life in the future," Sen. Daniel said in an interview with WTVD-TV.
Opponents of the bill pointed to studies from the World Health Organization, which show no concrete evidence that links abortion to miscarriage or pre-mature birth.
"We should not put teachers in the Department of Public Instruction in a position of having to give out inaccurate information to children. Our children deserve the best education possible," Jean Farmer-Butterfield, a Democrat in the North Carolina House, told WTVD.
Gov. Pat McCrory would have to sign the bill before it could become law. If that happens, educators could begin teaching the issue to students in grades 7 through 12 as early as this fall.