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Dr. Charmaine Yoest Testifies in Favor of Colorado ‘Born-Alive Infant Protection Act’

On March 3, 2015, Dr. Charmaine Yoest testified in Denver, Colorado, before the Colorado House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee on House Bill 1112, the “Born-Alive Infant Protection Act.”

Listen to Dr. Yoest’s Testimony

Audio of Dr. Yoest’s testimony – and her answers to questions from committee-members is below.

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C./DENVER, CO (03-03-15) – “Babies born under difficult and even dangerous circumstances deserve the respect and care due all people. That’s why Americans United for Life Action calls on Colorado legislators to support humane treatment of newly born infants who do not deserve abandonment and death,” according to Americans United for Life Action President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest, who will testify Tuesday afternoon in favor of HB 1112, the “Born-Alive Infant Protection Act.”

The bill requires medical professionals to provide nourishment and “medically appropriate and reasonable medical care and treatment or surgical care” to every infant born alive in the state of Colorado regardless of his or her stage of gestational development. The bill also criminalizes “infanticide”: any act or failure to act with the intent to kill an infant. The bill’s requirements apply regardless of the circumstances under which an infant is born, and the act explicitly provides that these protections extend to children born alive during abortions.

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Read Dr. Yoest’s Testimony

Thank you, Chairwoman Primavera and members of the Committee, for inviting me to testify before you today. I am here on behalf of Americans United for Life (AUL), the legal architects of the pro-life movement. Our vision at AUL is a nation where everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law. I am pleased to testify in support of a bill that will advance this vision in Colorado—House Bill (HB) 1112, the “Born-Alive Infant Protection Act.”

Based on AUL model legislation, HB 1112 will protect some of Colorado’s most vulnerable citizens—babies born under difficult and even dangerous circumstances. This bill requires medical professionals to provide nourishment and “medically appropriate and reasonable medical care and treatment or surgical care” to every infant born alive in the state of Colorado regardless of his or her stage of gestational development. Further, the bill criminalizes “infanticide”: any act or failure to act with the intent to kill an infant…

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