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Colorado Prenatal Sex Discrimination Act 2015 (HB 1162)

This law was last updated on Feb 10, 2015




HB 1162


Failed to Pass


Jan 29, 2015


Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 1


Sex- or Race-Selective Bans

Full Bill Text

HB 1162 would have prohibited a person from knowingly performing an abortion knowing that the abortion is sought based on the sex of the child; using force or threat of force for the purpose of coercing a sex-selection abortion; soliciting or accepting funds for the performance of a sex-selection abortion; or transporting a woman into Colorado for the purposes of obtaining a sex-selection abortion.

A violation of this provision would have been a Class 2 Felony.

Sex-selection abortions are not a widespread problem in the United States. However, anti-choice activists cite three studies documenting the use of sex-selection abortion primarily among a small number of immigrant women. The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum notes that a ban similar to the proposed Missouri ban “targets and thus limits reproductive health access for Asian American & Pacific Islander women, who anti-choicers say are the ones guilty of this abortion practice. We know the real solution to ending the preference for sons in some families is getting to the root of the problem: gender inequity. If lawmakers truly want to help us, we call on them to promote equal pay, access to education, health equity, and ending violence against women.”


Postponed indefinitely.

Similar to HB 1131, which failed to pass in 2014.


Primary Sponsor