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Lawmakers Would Put Safe Surrender in High School Health Education Curriculum

Posted May 23, 2007

— Under a bill passed Wednesday by the state House of Representatives, health education for high school students will include instruction on the state’s baby-abandonment law. The measure now moves on to the Senate.

North Carolina’s Safe Surrender Law allows a parent to lawfully abandon a new born baby with a responsible person, preferably at a hospital, church or law enforcement center. The child must be younger than 7 days old at the time.

North Carolina is one of 35 states with a form of surrender law.


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  • Bodhi126 May 24, 2007

    I noticed some people mentioning sex ed not being taught in Health Class...when did that change? I had sex ed in 5th grade and again as a sophmore in high school (early 90's). I had not realized that it had stopped. Is that for all schools or just some of them don't teach it?

  • At Work May 24, 2007

    I agree I think this is a great idea, this would be a good way to get the message out to the younger citizens.

  • 2late May 24, 2007

    How about this for a headline..:"Lawmakers Would Put Safe Sex in High School Health Education Curriculum"

  • Too little time May 24, 2007

    Adding this to the health classes is a great idea. They also need to add sex ed. with it. Part of the reason these kids are getting pregnant so early is because they don't understand how it happens. They honestly believe that vinegar will fix it, or that standing up afterward will prevent pregnancy. They have so many miconceptions and that is why they are getting pregnant - not because teachers are talking about it. At least they could know the truth for before and after.

  • Lookelou May 24, 2007

    I agree with the article but,
    Where did the baby come from, the cabbage patch? They can't teach sex education, the use of condoms, or abstinance. Seems like the cart is before the horse again!

  • ladyblue May 23, 2007

    I hope they will be also double encourging these children to wait until they're at least grown if not married before having babies. It seems like to me the longer they have sex education in school the more and more teenage girls are getting pregnant as well as younger in age. I hope that they won't think this is an alternative to birth control. Have a baby and you got a year to drop it off somewhere. I agree I rather have a child dropped off than killed, and if one is s aved it was worth it I guess.

  • cfam May 23, 2007

    I agree with adding it to the Health Ed. class. But I think they should redue the Law and make it longer than 7 days. Some of these young mother's and father's are overwhelmed more than 7 days after birth and need to have a safe alternative to harming their child. Or in some cases a way out of being the parent. So I suggest that they redue it and make it longer. Maybe 6 mos. or 1 year. But in any case I am glad that they are putting it in the school so it is out their not just for the girls but the guys as well.

  • my voice May 23, 2007

    I totally agree with having this information available to high school students. These are the ages that pregnancy can be the most frightening to the point that they don't really know what to do. As we all know some teenage mothers have done terrible things with their infants. Maybe if they are aware of the Safe Surrender Law then they will make the right choices.