A proposed bill that would have made it illegal to receive or perform an abortion in the state of Colorado has died in a state House committee.
House Bill 13-1033 would have completely outlawed elective abortions in the state and would have made it a class 3 felony for doctors to perform them. The motion to postpone the bill indefinitely passed on a 6 to 5 vote. The bill would have granted exemptions to cases where the mother's life was at risk and when an unborn child unexpectedly died in the womb. No exemptions were outlined in terms of rape or incest.
This bill is one of many anti-abortion bills expected to be introduced in the Colorado state House this session. RH Reality Check reports that other bills include a ban on "sex-selective" abortions and a ban on taxpayer funding for abortions.
Media Resources: Denver Post 2/5/2013; "House Bill 13-1033" 2/5/2013; "Votes for -HB13-1033" 2/5/2013; RH Reality Check 1/16/2013
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