DENVER - A conservative representative from Weld County has proposed a bill that would make abortion a felony in Colorado.
Republican Steve Humphrey, who represents district 48 in the House of Representatives, is listed as the sole sponsor of House Bill 13-1033. He said, however, that Republican Senator Scott Renfroe would soon be the senate sponsor for the bill.
"The bill prohibits abortion and makes any violation a class 3 felony," it says.
The bill proposes that doctors performing an abortion would be subject to criminal penalty, not the pregnant women. It also proposes that performing abortions be considered "unprofessional conduct for purposes of physician licensing."
The bill does exclude from criminal penalty any abortion performed to save the life of the mother or medical treatment that results in an accidental abortion. It also explicitly says sale or use of contraception would not be prohibited by the bill.
In a letter posted on Humphrey's campaign website, the self-proclaimed conservative promises to spread a conservative message across his district and bring the message to Denver. He wrote:
"This year, we have seen an UNPRECEDENTED level of radical liberalism/progressivism here in Colorado. [sic]"
Humphrey received 75 percent of the vote to beat Libertarian John Gibson in the November election.
Tuesday afternoon, Humphrey told 7NEWS that 13-1033 is his first bill and that it comes from both his personal beliefs and that of the people he represents.
"The heart of the bill is the conviction that from conception, when the very first cell formed, the earliest developmental stage, the embryo is a new human being," he said. "Taking that life is not justified."
Humphrey said he believed supporters of his bill would be in the minority in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, but said there is a benefit to discussing the issue.
"I think that there'll be a big turnout on both sides. It's obviously a very emotional issue and I appreciate that," he said. "I'm not trying to rub people's faces in the issue, I just think it is a very important issue and it needs to be addressed."