On Tuesday, Colorado Democrats voted down a bill seeking to mandate medical care to born-alive survivors of abortions, House Bill 1068.
“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,” outlines Colorado.gov.
The bill would require physicians “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.”
If physicians were not to adequately care for the born-alive child, they would be hit with a $100,000 civil penalty, constituting “a class 3 felony that could come to bear as ‘unprofessional conduct’ on a medical’ license,” reported Colorado Politics.
The House State Veterans and Military Affairs Committee killed House Bill 1068, as well as another bill (House Bill 1098) seeking to outlaw abortions past 22 weeks gestation, along party lines, with Republicans backing the bills and Democrats opposing them, Colorado Politics noted.
Republican Colorado Rep. Shane Sandridge, the sponsor of House Bill 1068, emphasized that the legislation is not an abortion bill, but a bill against murder.
“It’s not an abortion bill,” Sandridge said, according to the outlet. “It’s a murder bill.”
“It’s unfortunate,” Republican Rep. Dave Williams said of the blocking of the legislation, “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.”
Public policy lawyer and vice chair of the Colorado Republican Party Kristi Burton Brown told the committee, “We are talking about children born alive.”
National Right to Life legislative director Jennifer Popik ripped Democrats over their votes, reported CBN News.
“Pro-abortion Democrats oppose this bill and they should be forced to explain why their allegiance to the abortion industry’s agenda should allow a practice that is tantamount to infanticide,” Popik said. “It is outrageous that a born-alive human person may be subjected to lethal violence with impunity or be treated as if she is medical waste.”
Jeff Hunt, director of the Centennial Institute tweeted after the vote: “The Colorado legislature just voted down a bill that would require a doctor to provide medical care to a child who is born alive after surviving an abortion. A child is born, in need of help, and the Colorado legislature voted against mandating care,” he wrote. “God have mercy.”
Democratic Rep. Chris Kennedy rationalized his vote against the bill by suggesting that it would “limit” abortion access.
“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, Colorado Politics reported. “I think that is a legitimate concern and a real problem.”
Extremism on abortion has become the norm for the Democrat Party. House Democrats have repeatedly voted down bills spelling out a clear position against infanticide and not a single Democratic presidential candidate has advocated for any restriction on abortion.