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US42 state AGs, elected prosecutors sign statement refusing to enforce new abortion bans

11:15  09 june  2019
11:15  09 june  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

Missouri's only abortion clinic faces closure at midnight

Missouri's only abortion clinic faces closure at midnight Missouri could become the only U.S. state without a legal abortion provider on Friday as its only abortion clinic could lose its license to perform the procedure unless a St. Louis judge intervenes. The legal battle in St. Louis comes a week after Missouri Governor Mike Parson, a Republican, signed a bill banning abortion beginning in the eighth week of pregnancy, making Missouri one of eight U.S. states that have passed anti-abortion legislation this year. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

The statement is signed by 42 elected officials, including 12 state attorneys general. “Laws that re -victimize and re -traumatize victims are unconscionable,” the statement reads. ” The wise exercise of discretion suggests focusing prosecutorial resources on the child molester or rapist, and not on

ATLANTA — New state abortion laws likely to become bogged down in legal challenges face another potential obstacle: prosecutors who refuse to enforce them. John Melvin, acting district attorney in Cobb County, an Atlanta suburb, said in a statement that prosecutorial discretion is important.

42 state AGs, elected prosecutors sign statement refusing to enforce new abortion bans© FoxNews.com Judge could soon decide whether Missouri will be the first state without an abortion provider; Matt Finn reports from St. Louis.

Elected prosecutors from a long list of states vowed to uphold the landmark abortion ruling in Roe v. Wade and use their "immense discretion" to refuse charging violations of restrictive abortion bans.

"As elected prosecutors with charging discretion, we choose not to prosecute individuals pursuant to these deeply concerning laws," the June statement, released by the group Fair and Just Prosecution, read.

"Legal precedent, as established by the highest court in the land, has held for nearly 50 years that women have a right to make decisions about their own medical care including, but not limited to, seeking an abortion. Enforcement of laws that criminalize healthcare decisions would shatter that precedent, impose untenable choices on 3 victims and healthcare providers, and erode trust in the integrity of our justice system."

Missourians wait 'on pins and needles' to see if legal abortions will vanish from their state

Missourians wait 'on pins and needles' to see if legal abortions will vanish from their state While a judge considers the fate of Missouri's last abortion clinic, the state's health director doubled down Wednesday on claims the clinic has "issues." But he refused to specify what those issues were. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The drama unfolding in America's heartland could have a ripple effect across the country because Missouri may become the first state in the country with no abortion clinics. Five other states also are one clinic away from that fate.

ATLANTA (AP) — New state abortion laws likely to become bogged down in legal challenges face another potential obstacle: prosecutors who refuse to enforce them. The Associated Press reached out to nearly two dozen district attorneys across seven states , and several said they would not file

ATLANTA (AP) — New state abortion laws likely to become bogged down in legal challenges face another potential obstacle: prosecutors who refuse to enforce John Melvin, acting district attorney in Cobb County, an Atlanta suburb, said in a statement that prosecutorial discretion is important.

The signatories included district attorneys as well as the attorneys general from California, Vermont, Delaware, Massachusetts, Nevada, Maryland, Michigan, Washington, D.C., Illinois, Oregon, and Pennsyvlania.

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The statement came as the nation intensified its debate over abortion and 2020 Democratic candidates formulated ways to counter a multi-state pro-life agenda that could reach the Supreme Court.

"Not all of us agree on a personal or moral level on the issue of abortion. And not all of us are in states where women's rights are threatened by statutes criminalizing abortion," the attorneys also said.

"What brings us together is our view that as prosecutors we should not and will not criminalize healthcare 2 decisions such as these – and we believe it is our obligation as elected prosecutors charged with protecting the health and safety of all members of our community to make our views clear."

Abortion legal battles rage on in Missouri and Virginia

Abortion legal battles rage on in Missouri and Virginia Legal battles over abortion are still raging in three states, including Missouri where the state faces losing access to their sole abortion clinic. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The fight over the lone abortion clinic has been going on for a week now, after Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit to allow the clinic to stay open in spite of the state health department's decision not to renew their license.

ATLANTA (AP) — New state abortion laws likely to become bogged down in legal challenges face another potential obstacle: prosecutors who refuse to enforce them. The Associated Press reached out to nearly two dozen district attorneys across seven states , and several said they would not file

ATLANTA (AP) — New state abortion laws likely to become bogged down in legal challenges face another potential obstacle: prosecutors who refuse to enforce them. The Associated Press reached out to nearly two dozen district attorneys across seven states , and several said they would not file

The statement was the latest indication that a series of pro-life victories would have to overcome resistance both within and outside of the government.  State and federal abortion restrictions -- including "heartbeat" legislation, clinic regulations, and surgical abortion bans -- have already faced legal challenges from groups like Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

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In their statement, the prosecutors specifically called out Alabama and Missouri -- each of which have faced lawsuits over their restrictive abortion measures.

While some state and federal laws have faced defeat in the courts, the ultimate decision might come from the nation's highest court as neither side appeared ready to back down.

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On Wednesday, the issue once again dominated national conversation as 2020 Democratic candidates appeared to attack their frontrunner's position on federal funding for abortion.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, a perceived moderate among a slew of progressive candidates, supported the Hyde Amendment for decades before reversing his position on Thursday.

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