A Colorado Senate committee has passed a bill that would ban nearly all abortions beyond the 19th week of pregnancy.
The only instance in which an abortion would be allowed past the 19th week would be if two doctors certified in writing that the fetus was not viable. The bill allows no exceptions on behalf of the woman's health.
Doctors who are found to have performed abortions in violation of the law could face mandatory 30-day jail sentences, as well as charges for murder, manslaughter, or wrongful death if an autopsy revealed that the fetus was viable.
Abortion rights advocates criticize the bill for its lack of regard for the health of pregnant women and charge that the bill's estimate of when a fetus is viable is inaccurate. Dr. Daniel Hall testified to the Senate committee that doctors are better able to judge the viability of a fetus at twenty-five to twenty-six weeks.
The bill now goes before Colorado's full Senate and then the House. The bill is not expected to make it to the Governor's desk.
Media Resources: Kaiser Family Foundation - February 11, 1999
8/3/2015 The Senate is Voting on Planned Parenthood Funding Today - A Senate bill to defund Planned Parenthood is expected to come to a vote today.
Sponsored by Republican Senator Joni Ernst (IA), Senate Bill 1881 would prohibit all Federal funding of Planned Parenthood or "any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, successors, or clinics." The Senate will need 60 votes to advance the bill, which is being proposed following the release of highly edited video footage by anti-abortion group the Center for Medical Progress (CMP).
The CMP's misleading videos claim that Planned Parenthood sells fetal tissue. . . .