BILL SUMMARY for SB13-066
SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
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|Postpone Senate Bill 13-066 indefinitely using a r|
Refer Senate Bill 13-066 to the Committee on Appro
01:49 PM -- Senate Bill 13-066
Senator Hill, sponsor, presented Senate Bill 13-066. The bill prohibits public moneys from going to any individual, entity, or organization that does the following:
• directly or indirectly performs an induced abortion;
• advocates for induced abortions; or
• provides referrals for induced abortions.
Under current law, the Colorado Constitution prohibits public funds from being used to directly pay for an induced abortion or to reimburse anyone for an induced abortion.
Senator Hill explained his reasons for sponsoring the bill. He responded to questions from Senator Aguilar concerning whether hospitals would no longer be able to receive funding under the bill.
The following individuals testified regarding the bill:
01:55 PM -- Ms. Susan Levy, representing Boulder Valley Women's Health Center, testified in opposition to the bill. She discussed the services provided by her organization. She stated that the bill is redundant, unnecessary, and overly broad. She spoke about audits that concern funding for abortion care. Ms. Levy stated that there is no reason to believe that any additional prohibition on funding is necessary. She addressed previous comments from Senator Aguilar concerning the possible effects of the bill on hospitals. She provided statistics concerning unintended pregnancies and poverty.
Ms. Levy responded to questions from Senator Lundberg concerning the funding that Boulder Valley Women's Health Center receives. Senator Lundberg quoted language from the Colorado Constitution on this issue. Conversation continued between Ms. Levy and Senator Lundberg concerning how Boulder Valley Women's Health accounts for its funding for abortion services.
Discussion continued between Ms. Levy and Senator Lundberg concerning the referral of a patient for abortion services and the language of the Colorado Constitution.
02:18 PM -- Ms. Laura Reinsch, representing NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, testified in opposition to the bill. She stated that Colorado voters have indicated that the government should stay out of women's reproductive choices. She discussed the possible effects of the bill on low-women income.
02:21 PM -- Father Bill Carmody, representing himself, testified in support of the bill. He spoke about his work passing a constitutional amendment concerning public funding for abortions. He said that organizations such as Planned Parenthood do not need any state funding. Father Carmody responded to questions from Senator Lundberg concerning attitudes today on this issue. Father Carmody spoke about the actions of various Colorado Governors on this issue.
Senator Hill provided closing comments in favor of the bill. He responded to concerns that the bill is redundant. He discussed the effects of the bill. He spoke about a bill concerning in-state tuition for undocumented students, and said that one philosophy for this bill is to not punish children for the actions of their parents. He compared this philosophy to reasons to support his bill. Senator Lundberg explained his position on the bill, as did Senator Ulibarri.
|TIME: || 02:33:43 PM|
|MOTION:||Refer Senate Bill 13-066 to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion failed on a vote of 1-3, with one member excused.|
YES: 1 NO: 3 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: FAIL
|TIME: || 02:36:06 PM|
|MOTION:||Postpone Senate Bill 13-066 indefinitely using a reversal of the previous roll call. There was no objection to the use of the reverse roll call, therefore, the motion to postpone Senate Bill 13-066 indefinitely passed on a vote of 3-1, with one member excused.|
Final YES: 3 NO: 1 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS
The committee adjourned.