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42 Attorneys Will Not Prosecute Women Seeking Abortions or Health-Care Providers

How do you feel about the attorneys' declaration?

by Axios | 6.8.19

Attorneys from Alabama, Georgia, Ohio and Texas joined 38 others in a joint declaration that they will not prosecute health-care providers or women seeking abortions as required under some recently enacted abortion laws.

Where it stands: Only 2 of 9 abortion bans across the U.S. are currently in effect, in Utah and Arkansas — where abortions are limited in the middle of the second trimester. Laws in Georgia, Missouri and Alabama call for arresting health-care providers involved in providing access to abortion.

Between the lines: The Alabama lawyer who wrote the state's restrictive abortion ban, Eric Johnston, expected a lawsuit since the ban goes against Roe v. Wade. The ACLU and the Alabama Women's Center sued Alabama over the ban in May, claiming it "directly conflicts with Roe."

What they're saying:

"As some elected prosecutors have noted, the broad restrictions in the laws passed by these states appear to be unconstitutional under Roe v. Wade. Many of us share those legal views, but our commitment to not prosecute women who obtain abortions and health care professionals who provide treatment is not predicated on these concerns alone."

-The attorneys' joint statement, issued through Fair and Just Prosecution

Go deeper: Where each state stands if Roe v. Wade is overturned


Written by Axios

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