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Colorado

Refusal to Provide Medical Services

ABORTION REFUSAL CLAUSE

Colorado allows certain individuals or entities to refuse to provide abortion services.

To whom does the refusal clause apply?  Hospitals, hospital staff members or persons associated with or employed by a hospital.

What does the refusal clause allow?  No hospital staff member or person associated with or employed by a hospital, who objects in writing on moral or religious grounds, may be required to participate in medical procedures that result in an abortion.  The refusal of a person to participate may not be a basis for recriminatory action.  No hospital may be required to admit a woman for the purpose of providing abortion services.

Must the refusal be in writing?  Yes.  Moral or religious objections to participating in medical procedures that result in an abortion must be in writing.

Does the law require the refusing entity to notify the persons affected?  No.

Are there circumstances under which a refusal clause may not be exercised?  No.

Does the law require the refusing individual or entity to provide medically and factually accurate information or provide a referral for abortion services?  No.

Does the law provide a mechanism for women to otherwise obtain specific reproductive-health services, information, or referrals if an individual and/or entity exercises a refusal clause?  No.

Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 18-6-104 (Enacted 1967; Last Amended 1971).

CONTRACEPTION REFUSAL CLAUSE

Colorado allows certain individuals or entities to refuse to provide contraceptive procedures, supplies, or information.

To whom does the refusal clause apply?  Private institutions, physicians, and agents or employees of private institutions or physicians.

What does the refusal clause allow?  Private institutions or physicians and agents or employees of such institutions or physicians may refuse to provide contraceptive procedures, supplies, and information based on religious or conscientious objection.  The refusal of an institution, employee, agent, or physician may not be the basis for liability.

Does the law require the refusing entity to notify the persons affected?  No.

Are there circumstances under which a refusal clause may not be exercised?  No.

Does the law require the refusing individual or entity to provide medically and factually accurate information or provide a referral for contraceptive procedures, supplies, or information?  No.

Does the law provide a mechanism for women to otherwise obtain specific reproductive-health services, information, or referrals if an individual and/or entity exercises a refusal clause?  No.

Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 25-6-102 (Enacted 2008).

FAMILY-PLANNING REFUSAL CLAUSE

Colorado allows certain individuals or entities to refuse to provide family-planning services.

To whom does the refusal clause apply?  County and city employees.

What does the refusal clause allow?  Any county employee or city and county employee who objects on religious grounds may refuse to provide family-planning services.  Such refusal should not be the basis for any disciplinary action, discrimination, or loss in pay or other benefits.

Does the law require the refusing entity to notify the persons affected?  No.

Are there circumstances under which a refusal clause may not be exercised?  No.

Does the law require the refusing individual or entity to provide medically and factually accurate information or provide a referral for family-planning services? No.

Does the law provide a mechanism for women to otherwise obtain specific reproductive-health services, information, or referrals if an individual and/or entity exercises a refusal clause? No.

Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 25-6-207 (Enacted 1965).

STERILIZATION REFUSAL CLAUSE

Colorado allows certain individuals or entities to refuse to perform or participate in sterilization procedures.

To whom does the refusal clause apply?  Individuals and hospitals.

What does the refusal clause allow?  No hospital or person may be required to participate in a sterilization.  The refusal to participate may not be the basis for civil or criminal liability.

Does the law require the refusing individual or entity to notify the persons affected?  No.

Are there circumstances under which a refusal clause may not be exercised?  No.

Does the law require the refusing individual or entity to provide medically and factually accurate information or provide a referral for sterilizing procedures?  No.

Does the law provide a mechanism for women to otherwise obtain specific reproductive-health services, information, or referrals if an individual and/or entity exercises a refusal clause?  No.

Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 27-10.5-132 (Enacted 1975).


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