North Carolina high school students would be taught the state's "safe surrender" law, which allows mothers to turn their newborn babies over to a responsible adult and not face prosecution, if legislation that cleared the state House today becomes law.
"This is a bill about life," said Rep. Phil Haire, a Jackson County Democrat and one of the bill's sponsors. "It's about educating our young people who end up in circumstances where they have a child that's unwanted. They don't have to leave it on a door step. They don't have to leave it in a McDonald's bathroom."
No one voiced opposition to the bill, which passed by a 113-4 vote. There had been some concerns voiced in the House Education Committee on Tuesday that informing teens about the law might encourage them to have sex, Dan Kane reports.
Haire cited statistics showing that the average age of women who are known to have abandoned babies is just over 19 years old. He also cited recent abandonments in Rocky Mount and Warsaw in which the babies died as evidence that the word needs to get out about the six-year-old law.