Colorado Legislature Convenes

Opening day of the 2020 session of Colorado’s 72nd General Assembly at the State Capitol on Jan. 8.

Supporters of a state House bill to establish a patient-doctor relationship between physicians and children born live during abortions are to hold a rally and prayer ahead of its committee hearing on Tuesday.

“Attendees will have the opportunity to pray the rosary at the State Capitol during the hearing and testify at the committee,” the Denver Catholic reports.

House Bill 20-1068 is set for a 1:30 hearing before the State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. The proposal from Rep. Shane Sandridge, R-Colorado Springs, would mandate physicians “exercise the same degree of professional skill, care and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious physician would render to any other child born alive.” There would be a $100,000 penalty to doctors in violation.

HB1068 is similar to a federal bill known as the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which failed to pass the Senate in February 2019. U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner is a co-sponsor.

FactCheck.org found that infanticide is already illegal at the state level, and that births that occurred prematurely at 22 weeks of pregnancy or sooner had a 5% chance of survival.

Under the proposed federal bill, a spokesperson for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said, physicians may believe that the appropriate care for infants who are born severely prematurely is to provide comfort in their final hours, but would worry about the penalty for doing so.

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