Lawmakers in North Carolina want to prohibit medical schools from teaching abortion procedures at the state’s public universities.
A provision slipped into the anti-choice HB 465 would prevent taxpayer funding from going toward abortion services, but the measure would also limit instruction on the procedure, reported Think Progress.
“No department at the medical school at East Carolina University or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shall permit an employee to perform or supervise the performance of an abortion as part of the employee’s official duties,” the bill reads.
UNC’s medical school is ranked as one of the nation’s best OB-GYN residency programs and participates in the Ryan Program, which is intended to confront a growing shortage of abortion providers.
Experts say the new legislation could put those programs in jeopardy, along with a family planning fellowship that offers abortion training and research.
Some of those methods developed to terminate pregnancies are used during “miscarriage management” to assist women who develop life-threatening complications.
“We hear abortion opponents argue that they want to protect women’s health,” said Elizabeth Nash, of the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute. “The last thing in the world you want to do, then, is restrict opportunities to provide training for safe abortion.”