A state lawmaker from Severance on Thursday introduced a bill that would ban abortion statewide, including in cases of rape or incest, and ban Plan B, the morning after pill.
Stephen Humphrey, a Republican, introduced House Bill 1133, and the bill was assigned to the Judiciary, Public Health Care and Human Services, and Appropriations committees.
The bill received immediate backlash from Democrats, who control both houses of the legislature. They called the proposal the beginning of an “abortion/personhood sideshow” and criticized it as an effort to overrule Colorado voters, who in 2008 and 2010 rejected state constitutional amendments to ban abortion.
Humphrey’s bill is sponsored by Reps. Perry Buck, R-Windsor, Lori Saine, R-Dacono, and nine other Republicans in the House.
The proposed legislation would make performing an abortion or providing a drug or substance that results in abortion a class 3 felony. The mother undergoing the abortion would not be guilty of a crime.
“I understand that some people may consider my bill a divisive issue, but I along with a majority of my constituents strongly support the bill and believe we must protect our most vulnerable children,” Humphrey told the Denver Post.
The bill provides two exceptions to the violation, including when a physician is attempting to save the life of the mother as long as he or she has made “reasonable medical efforts” to save the life of the unborn child, and when a treatment by a physician unintentionally or accidentally results in the death of the unborn child.
“We’re losing the sanctity of life in this country,” Buck told the Denver Post on Thursday. “Alternatives to abortion are what I will support.”