Up to 100 Abortion Procedures or Counseling Appointments Canceled at Arkansas Planned Parenthood

A coalition of 83 prosecutors collectively representing 87 million people from 28 states and territories has publicly vowed not to prosecute those who request and perform abortions following the Supreme Court’s opinion paving the way for bans and legal proceedings.

“We don’t all agree personally or morally on the issue of abortion. But we remain united in our firm belief that prosecutors have a responsibility to refrain from using the limited resources of the criminal justice system to criminalize personal medical decisions,” according to a joint statement sent by the Los Angeles County District Attorney, George Cascon. “As such, we refuse to use our office resources to criminalize reproductive health decisions and we pledge to exercise our entrenched discretion and refrain from prosecuting those who seek, provide or support abortions.”

The joint statement says criminalizing abortion will not end the practice, but will prevent safe procedures and prevent those who need medical, social and police help from seeking it.

“Prosecutors, police and our medical partners cannot do their jobs when many victims and witnesses of crime or other emergencies are unwilling to work with us for fear that their private medical decisions will be criminalized,” says the press release.

“We are horrified that some states have failed to include exceptions for victims of sexual violence and incest in their abortion restrictions; this is inadmissible,” the statement read. “And, even where such exceptions exist, abortion bans still threaten the autonomy, dignity and safety of survivors, forcing them to choose between reporting their abuse or being tied to their abuser for life.”

The prosecutors are made up of states that plan to protect reproductive rights like California and Illinois, but also include those from 11 states that plan to implement tougher restrictions like Texas, Louisiana and Alabama.

“It’s a sad day in America,” said Gascón, who is one of 83 elected prosecutors who signed the pledge. “The Supreme Court has told half the population that they have no right to bodily autonomy. A judge said out loud that we should reconsider even more rights, including everyone’s right to love and marry whomever they want. I cry for all those women who have lost so much today, and for all those people who live in fear of losing more tomorrow.

States and territories represented include Georgia, California, Missouri, Virginia, New York, Maryland, Alabama, Colorado, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Mississippi, Texas, Vermont, Oregon, Illinois, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Maine, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Hawaii. , Indiana, Illinois, Washington, Mississippi, New Mexico, Kansas, Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina, District of Columbia and Northern Mariana Islands.

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