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HB13-1033: Abortion Ban

Reproductive Freedom
Bill Number: HB13-1033
Year: 2013
ACLU Position: Oppose
Sponsors: Humphrey


The bill prohibits abortion and makes any violation a class 3 felony. The following are exceptions to the prohibition:

  • A licensed physician performs a medical proceduredesigned or intended to prevent the death of a pregnant mother, if the physician makes reasonable medical efforts under the circumstances to preserve both the life of the mother and the life of her unborn child in a manner consistent with conventional medical practice;
  • A licensed physician provides medical treatment to themother that results in the accidental or unintentional injury or death to the unborn child.

The pregnant mother upon whom an abortion is performed or attempted is not subject to a criminal penalty. The sale and use of contraception is not prohibited by the bill. A conviction related to the abortion prohibition constitutes unprofessional conduct for purposes of physicain licensing.

Current Status:

02/05/2013 - House Committee on Health, Insurance & Environment Postpone Indefinitely

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