Pregnancy on death certificates debated in Co

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) – A dispute over whether pregnancy should be listed on death certificates has raised a privacy debate in the Colorado Legislature, where the Republican House and the Democratic Senate disagree over the need to list recent pregnancies.

The Senate gave tentative approval Monday to a bill requiring death certificates to list whether a woman was pregnant at the time of death when an autopsy is required.

That’s a far cry from a pregnancy bill that already cleared the House. The House version requires death certificates for women to list they’d been pregnant within 12 months of death, even when an autopsy isn’t required.

Supporters say the pregnancy listing would help identify possible domestic-violence deaths. But some Democrats said the 12-month requirement raises privacy questions.

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