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Colorado Partial-Birth Abortion Ban, Initiative 11 (1998)

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The Colorado Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Initiative, also known as Initiative 11, was on the November 3, 1998 ballot in Colorado as an initiated state statute, where it was defeated. The measure would have banned partial-birth abortions and established criminal penalties for those who performed them. It would have defined partial-birth abortions as those abortions performed by someone who, "deliberately and intentionally causes to be delivered into the vagina a living human fetus or any substantive portion thereof for the purpose of performing any procedure the person knows will kill the fetus and kills the fetus before completing delivery."[1]

Election results

Colorado Amendment 11 (1998)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No655,72351.48%
Yes 617,977 48.52%

Election results via: Colorado State Legislative Council, Ballot History

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

An amendment to the Colorado Revised Statutes concerning a prohibition against partial-birth abortions, and, in connection therewith, specifying that no one shall knowingly or intentionally perform a partial-birth abortion; allowing a medical procedure to prevent the death of the pregnant woman, if every reasonable effort is made to preserve the lives of the woman and the infant; defining partial-birth abortion as an abortion during which the person performing the abortion deliberately and intentionally causes to be delivered into the vagina a living human fetus or any substantive portion thereof for the purpose of performing any procedure the person knows will kill the fetus and kills the fetus before completing delivery; specifying that "fetus" and "infant" mean the biological offspring of human parents and may be used interchangeably throughout the measure; establishing specified civil remedies for certain persons; establishing criminal penalties for violations after February 14, 1999; and stating that the amendment cannot be amended except by a vote of the people.

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