Flawed idea would bring abortion debate to middle schools

June 27, 2013 

When it comes to issues of social conservatism, Republican state Rep. Skip Stam of Apex is not afflicted with moments of self-doubt. He dismissed the dissenters last year when he pushed through a referendum on a ban on same-sex marriage that successfully installed no less than a state constitutional amendment with a ban, following a law already on the books.

That maneuver looks all the more foolish given the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding gay marriage rights.

Now Stam, always pushing to install his personal social views in the law, is a sponsor of a bill that would require middle school teachers and presumably those in higher grades to teach students that abortion causes premature births. While Stam has a couple of qualified professors in his corner, the issue of whether abortion does cause premature births later remains under debate. Neither the Centers for Disease Control nor the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists agrees. Stam dismisses opponents as “behind the times.”

As The News & Observer reported, health teachers try to send students to parents or counselors on issues such as abortion. That’s as it should be. To force teachers to address the issue puts them in an impossible position, not to mention putting government (isn’t Stam against “big government”) right in the classrooms, with a thumb in the curriculum. Cooler heads must prevail and stop this legislation.

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