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Protection Of Pregnant People In Perinatal Period

Concerning the protection of a pregnant person's rights during the perinatal period, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2021 Regular Session
Civil Law
Courts & Judicial
Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
Health Care & Health Insurance
Bill Summary

The bill:

  • Requires each carrier offering medical malpractice insurance in the state to cover the insured for providing care during the entire course of a person's vaginal birth after a previous caesarian birth;
  • Extends the statute of limitations from 2 years to 3 years for actions alleging lack of informed consent in cases related to a pregnant person;
  • Repeals language that gives no force or effect to an advanced directive of a person who is pregnant while the person's fetus is viable;
  • Requires annual reporting to the legislature on the use of restraints on a pregnant person within each jail, private contract prison, and correctional facility;
  • Establishes requirements for each facility that incarcerates or has custody of people with the capacity for pregnancy;
  • Requires the Colorado civil rights commission to receive reports from people alleging maternity care that is not organized for, and provided to, a person who is pregnant or in the postpartum period in a manner that is culturally congruent; maintains the person's dignity, privacy, and confidentiality; ensures freedom from harm and mistreatment; and enables informed choices and continuous support; and
  • Requires each health facility that provides services related to labor and childbirth to demonstrate to the department of public health and environment that the health facility has a policy that meets certain requirements.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)


Under Consideration


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