Colorado Born Alive Infant Protection Act (HB 1112)
This law was last updated on Feb 10, 2015
HB 1112 would have prohibited a person from denying or depriving an infant of nourishment with the intent to cause or allow the death of the infant for any reason. A person is prohibited from depriving an infant of medically appropriate and reasonable medical care or treatment unless the medical care:
- Is not necessary to save the life of the infant;
- Has a potential risk to the infant’s life or health that outweighs the potential benefit of the medical care; or
- Is treatment that will do no more than temporarily prolong the act of dying when death is imminent.
The bill required a physician performing an abortion to take all medically appropriate and reasonable steps to preserve the life of a “born-alive infant.” A person is prohibited from using a “born-alive infant” for any type of scientific research or other kind of experimentation unless it is necessary to protect or preserve the life and health of a “born-alive infant.” The bill also prohibited infanticide.
The bill further provided that a “born-alive infant” is a legal person under the law with the same rights to medically appropriate and legal care and treatment.