State Lawmakers Back Listing Pregnancy On Death Certificates

DENVER (AP) – Colorado death certificates for women could soon list whether they were pregnant when they died.

The bill says that when autopsies are required for women, the death certificate must list whether the woman was pregnant when she died.

The House originally set the requirement for all death certificates and said they should list whether a woman was pregnant at any point within 12 months of her death.

Supporters said the pregnancy listings could draw attention to possible domestic-violence deaths. But privacy concerns led the Senate to apply the requirement only to the time of death. The House signed off on the change Wednesday.

The bill now heads to Gov. John Hickenlooper, who has 10 days to sign or veto the bill.

House Bill 1183

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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