A Democrat-chaired legislative committee in Colorado has voted down two bills that would have banned late-term abortion and punished doctors who do not attempt to save babies born alive during an abortion procedure.
After seven hours of testimony on Tuesday, the two Republican-backed pieces of legislation were rejected by the Colorado House of Representatives’ state Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.
The vote came after lawmakers heard personal stories and graphic descriptions of abortion procedures, according to ColoradoPolitics.com.
A bill that would have held doctors accountable for not helping babies born despite an attempted abortion was introduced by Republican state Rep. Shan Sandridge of Colorado Springs. The bill sought to establish a physician-patient relationship between a child born alive and abortion doctors carrying out the abortion.
It would have required abortion doctors to “exercise the same degree of professional skill, care and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child” just as any doctor would for any other child born alive.
Doctors who failed to abide by such laws would have been subject to class 3 felony charges and a civil penalty of up to $100,000. A conviction under such a law would also be marked as “unprofessional conduct” for licensing purposes.
As several states have introduced late-term abortion ban bills, House Bill 1098 introduced by Republican state Rep. Dave Williams would have banned abortion in Colorado past 22 weeks of pregnancy.
The bill would have subjected anyone who performs an abortion after 22 weeks of pregnancy to class 1 misdemeanor charges.
According to the state politics blog, the committee’s vote in opposition to the bills was along party lines.
Committee Chair Chris Kennedy, a Democrat from Lakewood, argued that Sandridge’s born-alive bill would essentially make a medical decision a crime.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith