Colorado Legislative Council Staff


Drafting Number:

Prime Sponsor(s):

LLS 98-719

Sen. Congrove



Bill Status:

Fiscal Analyst:

January 27, 1998

Senate HEWI

Janis Baron (866-3523)



Summary of Assessment

            The bill includes the following provisions regarding partial-birth abortions:


               establishes that unless necessary to protect the life of the pregnant woman, the performance of a partial-birth abortion constitutes unprofessional conduct for any medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy;


               defines partial-birth abortion as one in which the person performing the abortion partially vaginally delivers a living fetus before killing the fetus and completing the delivery; and


               establishes that if a hearing panel of the State Board of Medical Examiners finds that charges of unprofessional conduct for performing a partial-birth abortion have been proven, the panel shall order revocation of the person’s license to practice medicine.

            The bill is effective at 12:01 a.m. on the day following the ninety-day period after adjournment sine die of the General Assembly, or on the date of the official declaration of the vote of the people as proclaimed by the Governor, if a referendum petition is filed pursuant to Article V, Section 1 (3) of the State Constitution.

            The Department of Regulatory Agencies indicates that the State Board of Medical Examiners currently receives few complaints relating to abortion procedures. Although the bill adds a new provision to the unprofessional conduct section of the Medical Practice Act, it is not anticipated that it will substantially increase the number of complaints received or disciplinary actions taken by the Board. Therefore, the bill is assessed as having no fiscal impact.


Departments Contacted

            Regulatory Agencies