State Dems Vote Down Bill Requiring Doctors To Care For Babies That Survive An Abortion

A bill that would mandate doctors to provide care and protect born-alive babies that survive an abortion attempt was defeated by Colorado Democrats.

The bill (House Bill 1068), alongside another bill (House Bill 1098) which would outlaw abortions past 22 weeks, were both struck down by the House State Veterans and Military Affairs Committee on a strictly partisan vote. Republicans voted in favor of both bills.

As Colorado Politics reports, the measures were voted down by the Democratic majority after seven hours of testimony and debate.

Representative Shane Sandridge, the prime sponsor of the born-alive bill, described it as “not an abortion bill… [but] a murder bill.” The child in question, he argued, was medically birthed and ought to be given the same rights (including the right to life) afforded to other persons.

The Daily Wire reports Republican Representative Dave Williams similarly added: “It’s unfortunate because there is a large population of Coloradans that support this common-sense restriction so that we can protect life and ensure the right to life is upheld.”

“We are talking about children born alive,” Vice-Chair of the Colorado Republican Party Kristi Burton Brown said before the committee per the report.

A summary of the bill’s contents on Colorado.gov notes a decision by a physician not to care for a child born-alive would result in “a civil penalty of $100,000 for a violation enforceable by the attorney general, makes a violation a class 3 felony, and makes a conviction unprofessional conduct for licensing purposes.”

“The bill establishes a physician-patient relationship between a child born alive after or during an abortion and the physician who performed or attempted to perform the abortion,” the bill’s summary reads.

And: “The bill requires the physician to exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious physician would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age and requires that the child born alive be immediately transferred to a hospital.”

It is this penalty that Democratic Representative Chris Kennedy said would make a medical decision a crime.

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“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,” he said per Colorado Politics. “I think that is a legitimate concern and a real problem.”

Here’s how some people responded to the vote online: