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NC lawmakers push socially conservative bills

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Republican in the North Carolina House are trying to advance bills of interest to social conservatives as a major deadline approaches.


Lawmakers sought approval in committees and on the House floor Wednesday for bills dealing with abortion, contraception and religious freedom. Bills that don't require tax changes or spending and fail to clear at least one chamber by Thursday night are essentially dead through 2014.


One bill allows any medical professional to refuse to participate in an abortion and allows any business to refuse to provide contraception coverage on religious or moral grounds.


Other bills aim to prevent the potential application of Islamic "sharia" law in American courts and allow religious student organizations to dismiss leaders who don't conform to the group's beliefs without losing university funding.


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