Results: Colorado voters reject Proposition 115, which would have banned abortions at 22 weeks of pregnancy

  • Coloradans voted against Proposition 115, a ballot referendum that would prohibit most abortions at or after 22 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Polls in Colorado closed at 9 p.m. ET.
  • The measure would ban abortion at 22 weeks of pregnancy except in cases where abortion is necessary to save the life of the pregnant person.
  • Colorado is one of six states without a single law on its books restricting abortion after a particular date of pregnancy, Ballotpedia noted.
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Coloradans voted against Proposition 115, a ballot referendum that would prohibit most abortions at or after 22 weeks of pregnancy if passed.

Polls in Colorado closed at 9 p.m. ET.

The measure would ban abortions at 22 weeks of pregnancy, defined by the time since the pregnant person’s last menstrual period, except in cases where abortion “is immediately required to save the life of the pregnant woman when her life is physically threatened.”

As opponents of the measure pointed out, the measure did not have any exceptions for cases of “rape, risks to the woman’s health, or a lethal fetal diagnosis.”

Colorado is of six states without a law on its books restricting abortion after a particular point of pregnancy, and in recent years, voters have rejected multiple ballot initiatives that would have expanded the state’s definition of personhood to include fetuses, Ballotpedia noted.

Here’s the text of the proposition as it appears on the ballot:

“Shall there be a change to the Colorado Revised Statutes concerning prohibiting an abortion when the probable gestational age of the foetus is at least twenty-two weeks, and, in connection therewith, making it a misdemeanour punishable by a fine to perform or attempt to perform a prohibited abortion, except when the abortion is immediately required to save the life of the pregnant woman when her life is physically threatened, but not solely by a psychological or emotional condition; defining terms related to the measure including ‘probable gestational age’ and ‘abortion,’ and excepting from the definition of ‘abortion’ medical procedures relating to miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy; specifying that a woman on whom an abortion is performed may not be charged with a crime in relation to a prohibited abortion; and requiring the Colorado medical board to suspend for at least three years the licence of a licensee whom the board finds performed or attempted to perform a prohibited abortion.”

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