Colorado Protect Human Life at Conception Act (HB 1225)
This law was last updated on Mar 2, 2018
HB 1225 would prohibit terminating or causing the termination of a pregnancy, beginning from the moment of conception. The bill would prohibit performing or inducing an abortion, with no exception for rape or incest.
This bill would allow exceptions to prevent the death of the pregnant person, if the physician made a reasonable effort to save the life of the pregnant person and the fetus; and if a licensed physician provided medical treatment and accidentally or unintentionally injured or caused the death of the fetus.
This bill would exclude pregnant people from criminal penalty. This bill would also exclude the sale, prescription, and use of contraception.
The bill would make the termination of the life of an “unborn child” a class 1 felony, punishable by life imprisonment or the death penalty.
A person who knowingly causes the unlawful termination of a pregnancy would be guilty of unlawful termination of pregnancy in the second degree.
A person who knowingly engages in conduct that creates a grave risk of death to another person, and results in the termination of the person’s pregnancy would be guilty of unlawful termination of pregnancy in the third degree.
If a person recklessly causes the unlawful termination of a person’s pregnancy in a manner other than stated above, they would be found guilty of unlawful termination of pregnancy in the fourth degree.
If a person operates or drives a motor vehicle in a reckless manner that directly results in the termination of a person’s pregnancy, they would be found guilty of vehicular unlawful termination of pregnancy. If that same motorist was on drugs or drinking at the time, they would be guilty of aggravated vehicular unlawful termination of pregnancy.
If a person operates a motor vehicle, bicycle, electrical-assisted bicycle, or low-power scooter in a careless and imprudent manner, without due regard for the width, grade, curves, corners, traffic, and use of the streets and highways and causes the unlawful termination of a pregnancy, they would be guilty of careless driving, resulting in unlawful termination of pregnancy.
In addition to criminal charges, a conviction related to the prohibition of the termination of the life of a fetus would constitute unprofessional conduct for purposes of physician licensing.