Bill To Help Student-Parents Goes To Martinez

Mar 14, 2013

Credit Office of the Governor

High school students who are becoming parents would be entitled to excused time off from classes under a bill approved by the New Mexico Legislature.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Senate's 37-3 approval of the bill late Wednesday sends it to Gov. Susana Martinez. The House approved the bill previously.

Under the bill, pregnant students or fathers-to-be could miss classes for as many as 10 days for births. The bill also allows students to take off up to four days per semester for prenatal or child care.

Students would have to arrange with their teachers to make up the work they miss.

Supporters say the bill helps students who choose not to have abortions. Opponents expressed concern that the bill could be seen as rewarding teen parents.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.