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Wed May 15, 2019, 04:33 PM

Utah prosecutor says he won't enforce strict abortion law

Source: Associated Press


Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press Updated 3:08 pm CDT, Wednesday, May 15, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) As Utah defends its strict new abortion ban against a court challenge, the chief prosecutor overseeing the county with the state's only two clinics has said he won't enforce the measure.

The decision announced Tuesday by Democratic Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill marks the latest example of an official resisting such laws passed by states around the country.

Gill said the Utah ban on abortions after 18 weeks appears unconstitutional, so filing felony charges against doctors who perform them as the court challenge plays out could violate their rights.

"I think that's the only legal and ethical thing for me to do, which is not use the power of my office to violate the constitutional rights of my citizens when there is well-established precedent that says it is unconstitutional," he said.

Read more: https://www.chron.com/news/crime/article/Utah-prosecutor-says-he-won-t-enforce-strict-13847930.php

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 05:32 PM

1. That's gonna create a problem.


It's fine if a Dem makes that decision, but look at the all the repubs. who are deciding which laws to ignore.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #1)

Wed May 15, 2019, 09:48 PM

2. I'm not sure.

I think it would be unethical for a prosecutor to prosecute under a law s/he knows to be unconstitutional.

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