DENVER — A Republican representative in Colorado has introduced a bill that would make abortion a class 3 felony in the state.
Rep. Steve Humphrey introduced House Bill 1133 on Thursday, a proposal similar to a measure he penned last year. The bill defines life as beginning at conception, and thus bars abortion for any reason, including in cases of rape and incest.
“I ran as a pro-life candidate and this is an issue that is important to my constituents. This should not be a surprise to anybody.” Humphrey told the U.S. Finance Post. “My constituents, whom I represent, feel strongly about this issue and I owe it to them to attempt to advance this issue. I realize this is an emotional issue and my intent is not to rub someone’s nose in the issue, but when we’re talking about protecting human life this is a discussion that we need to have.”
Humphrey is just one of twelve state representatives that are backing the bill. Seven senators have also signed on to the legislation.
“It is the intent of the general assembly to make the practice of abortion illegal in the state of Colorado,” the proposed law reads.
“A person shall not knowingly administer to, prescribe for, procure for, or sell to a pregnant mother any medicine, drug, or other substance with the specific intent of causing or abetting the termination of the life of an unborn human being,” it continues. “A person shall not knowingly use or employ any instrument or procedure upon a pregnant mother with the specific intent of causing or abetting the termination of the life of an unborn human being.”
The mother seeking the abortion would not be prosecuted, but any licensed physician who performs the procedure would be charged “unlawful termination of a pregnancy.” Those who end a pregnancy in an automobile accident while under the influence of drugs or alcohol would likewise be found guilty under the measure.
Democrats are already expressing opposition to the bill, as they likewise struck down Humphrey’s proposal last year.
“Colorado is not going to deny a woman’s right to choose or allow the government to meddle in the private relationship between a woman and her doctor,” Rep. Lois Court told the Denver Post. “And similar measures in other states have repeatedly been ruled unconstitutional. The sponsors of these bills are setting a new standard for being out of touch.”
But Humphrey said that it is important to take a stand to protect children.
“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,” he stated.
“I want to commend Rep. Humphrey for being a true pro-life champion and recognizing that all life is precious at all stages,” said co-sponsor Lori Saine. “This provides the ultimate right to liberty to those who are the most vulnerable in our population. Without a right to life you can have no other rights including the right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.”