Colorado Dems vote down bill punishing doctors for not saving babies born alive during an abortion

by Bryan Brammer · Feb 13th, 2020 12:23 pm

Last Updated Feb 13th, 2020 at 1:14 pm

A Colorado bill that would have punished doctors who did not help babies born alive during an abortion procedure was rejected by Democrats on Tuesday after seven hours of testimony.

State Rep. Shane Sandridge (R-14) introduced House Bill 1068, which would have required physicians to "exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child" as any doctor would for a child born alive.

Physicians who failed to adhere to HB1068 would be subject to class 3 felony charges, a penalty of up to $100,000, and cited for "unprofessional conduct."

The Democrat-chaired House State Veterans and Military Affairs Committee is responsible for voting down the Republican bill.

Committee Chair Chris Kennedy (D-23) argued that HB1068 would criminalize a medical decision.

"I do believe the effect of this bill to create a new felony for this kind of action would have the effect of limiting access to abortion in this state," Kennedy said. "I think that is a legitimate concern and a real problem."

The predominate Democratic legislative committee also rejected HB1098, which would have banned abortion in Colorado after 22 weeks.

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