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Archives for January 26, 2017

HB 17-1108: Prohibiting Terminating Pregnancies and Making Abortion a Class 1 Felony

On January 19, 2017, Reps. Stephen Humphrey & Kim Ransom and Sen. Tim Neville introduced HB 17-1108, “Concerning the Protection of Human Life Beginning at Conception.”

The bill prohibits terminating the life of an unborn child and makes a violation a class 1 felony. The following are exceptions to the prohibition:

  • A licensed physician performs a medical procedure designed or intended to prevent the death of a pregnant mother, if the physician makes reasonable medical efforts under the circumstances to preserve both the life of the mother and the life of her unborn child in a manner consistent with conventional medical practice; and
  • A licensed physician provides medical treatment, including chemotherapy and the removal of an ectopic pregnancy, to the mother that results in the accidental or unintentional injury to or death of the unborn child.

The pregnant mother upon whom termination of the life of an unborn child is performed or attempted is not subject to a criminal penalty. The sale and use of contraception is not prohibited by the bill. A conviction related to the prohibition of the termination of the life of an unborn child constitutes unprofessional conduct for purposes of physician licensing.

The bill was introduced in the House and assigned to the Health, Insurance, & Environment Committee. It is scheduled for hearing in committee on February 9 at 1:30 p.m.

Colorado Court of Appeals: Announcement Sheet, 1/26/2017

On Thursday, January 26, 2017, the Colorado Court of Appeals issued four published opinions and 17 unpublished opinions.

People v. Archuleta

People v. Ewing

People v. Johnson

People v. Smith

Summaries of these cases are forthcoming.

Neither State Judicial nor the Colorado Bar Association provides case summaries for unpublished appellate opinions. The case announcement sheet is available here.