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Colorado Abortion Laws

Explanation of Chart and More Information on Abortion Laws

Code Section 18-6-101 to 105 (portions declared unconstitutional by People v. Norton, 181 Co. 47, 507 P.2d 862 [1973] although they have not been repealed)
Statutory Definition of Illegal AbortionEnds or causes pregnancy to be ended by any means other than justified medical termination or birth
Statutory Definition of Legal AbortionIntentional ending of pregnancy by licensed physician using accepted medical procedures and as required, with appropriate consent. Continuation of pregnancy likely to result in death or permanent physical or mental impairment of mother, or child born with grave mental or physical retardation, or within first 16 weeks of pregnancy and pregnancy result of sexual assault or incest. Court declared unconstitutional, but not repealed
Penalty for Unlawful AbortionClass 4 felony but if woman dies class 2 felony
Consent RequirementsMother; mother and father, if married; mother and parent/guardian if under 18 years; if married, mother and her husband (although similar parental consent declared unconstitutional under Planned Parenthood of Missouri v. Danforth, 428 U.S. 52 (1976).
Residency Requirements for Patients-
Physician Licensing RequirementsLicensed physician using accepted medical procedures in a hospital licensed by Dept. of Public Health and Environment

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