Colorado Democrats on Tuesday, Feb. 11, voted down House Bill 1068, a bill seeking to mandate medical care to born-alive survivors of abortions.

Jeff Hunt, director of the Centennial Institute tweeted after the vote: “The Colorado legislature just voted down a bill that would require a doctor to provide medical care to a child who is born alive after surviving an abortion. A child is born, in need of help, and the Colorado legislature voted against mandating care,” he wrote. “God have mercy.”

According to the bill, physicians who performed or attempt to perform an abortion are required to “exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious physician would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age and requires that the child born alive be immediately transferred to a hospital.”

In case physicians do not fulfill their responsibilities, they would be hit with a $100,000 civil penalty, constituting “a class 3 felony that could come to bear as ‘unprofessional conduct’ on a medical’ license,” reported Colorado Politics.

Republican Colorado Rep. Shane Sandridge, the sponsor of House Bill 1068, emphasized that the legislation is not an abortion bill, but a murder bill. 

“It’s unfortunate,” Republican Rep. Dave Williams said of the blocking of the legislation, “because there is a large population of Coloradans that support this common-sense restriction so that we can protect life and ensure the right to life is upheld.”

The House State Veterans and Military Affairs Committee killed House Bill 1068, as well as another bill (House Bill 1098). Democratic Rep. Chris Kennedy said he voted against the bill as it would have the effect of limiting access to abortion in the state, which is promoted by the Democratic Party. 

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