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Some metropolitan district attorneys have vowed not to prosecute abortion cases, causing legal clashes in the red states

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(CNN)will be enforced in all US statesOr enforcement depends on the local prosecutor-and some have promised not to take the abortion provider to court.

According to a CNN review, more than one-third of district lawyers representing the 25 most populous counties in the state that banned or will ban abortion have committed abortion cases. I publicly vowed not to prosecute. Limit the impact of the new limit.

Their declaration is between a more liberal prosecutor in the city center and the Red State Attorney General and legislators who are already planning to regain control of miscarriage cases from local governments. It can cause legal conflicts.

Still, experts and abortion providers remain uncertain about the impact of the Supreme Court's decision, so in states where there is a law banning proceedings solely on the promise of a district lawyer.Roev said it is unlikely to encourage the abortion clinic to reopen. Defeatt before Wade.

"Prosecutors actually have a lot of discretion in determining their priorities and cases," said a professor at the Law School of the University of New York, who studied the prosecutor's role in the criminal justice system. Rachel Berkow said. "But they could be voted absent, or the state could empower someone else to sue."

Guarantees from prosecutors helped. However, the abortion provider "is concerned that it is not concrete and permanent enough," she added.

District lawyers say there are more than 10 million people living in their jurisdiction and have the power to prioritize other crimes rather than sue the abortion provider. Claims.

"The job of a prosecutor is to protect public safety, and enforcing this law not only fails to promote or protect public safety, but also causes more harm. "Well," said Jose Garza, a district lawyer in Travis County, in Texas, including Austin, wheredeclaredin a statement.
Lawyers in other districts who have vowed not to prosecute abortion represent Dallas, San Antonio, Milwaukee, Nashville and Birmingham, among other cities. CNN's review included13 stateswith a trigger law banning abortion following a Supreme Court decision, and two other states, Wisconsin and Alabama, where the ban on abortion came into effect. I did. The court is considering some of those bans.
Many district lawyers have signed ajoint statementreleased Friday and "refrain from prosecuting anyone seeking, providing, or supporting an abortion." I promised.

"Not all of them agree on the issue of abortion, but they agree that this is not the wise or efficient or wise use of limited prosecution resources." And a fair and just prosecution, a criminal justice reform group that organized the statement. "They will be the last line of defense."

Opponents of the suspension blew up the district lawyers who participated in the effort. James Bopp, Jr., an advisor to the National Right to Life Committee, called their position "anti-democratic." His group proposed a model method for legislators that would allow the state lawyer to take over the prosecution of abortion when local prosecutors refused to do so.

"They weren't chosen to determine what the law was," Bopp said of the district lawyer. "If they don't want to enforce these laws, we'll let someone else do it."

Other district lawyers in the banned state told CNN. He said he would evaluate the prosecution of abortion on a case-by-case basis.

"It is a dangerous road for DA to make widespread and fictitious statements without actual accusations or lawsuits," said Amy Weirich, chief attorney for Shelby County, Tennessee, including Memphis. rice field. E-mail. The Tennessee Trigger Act, which bans abortion, is expected to come into effect within the next two months, but on Tuesday, a more limited ban on abortions after six weeks of gestation came into effect.

The implications of a local lawyer refusing to prosecute may vary from state to state. In Texas, state Attorney General Ken Paxton, who praised the Supreme Court's decision even if local lawyers did not criminalize the provider of the abortion, saidstill filed a civil suit against the provider. Due to the huge fines that can be woken up and potentially hold them accountable.
This means that abortion clinics in the state are "still at great legal risk," said Sandra Gera Thompson, a law professor at the University of Houston. rice field. (Judges temporarily blocked the total ban onTexas, and some clinics allowed it to resume until about 6 weeks of pregnancy and resume abortion, but only for a few weeks. (May not continue.)
In addition, Texas representatives will allow district lawyers in neighboring counties to prosecute if a local DA refuses to prosecute an abortion case. He said he plans to submit a bill during the state legislative meeting next year. Opponents of abortionAlso, district lawyers who vow not to prosecute abortion have been dismissed under state law for local civil servants who "neglect" to "fulfill the obligations imposed by law on officers."suggested that there is a possibility. Thompson said he thought it was unlikely.

Still, uncertainty has led some prosecutors to step more cautiously. Even when district lawyers in the other largest cities in Texas signed a letter vowing not to prosecute abortion, Harris County DA Kim Ogg on behalf of Houston was more cautious. She condemned the High Court's ruling and participated in a demonstration in support of the right to abortion, but in a statement she said, "I don't want to miss the opportunity to be discovered, so I evaluate the prosecution of abortion on a case-by-case basis. Said. We neglected our obligations. "

A spokesperson for the American Planning and Custody Federation said her group did not know the provider that would continue to provide abortion based solely on prosecutors' remarks. Stated. For example, in Nashville, DA Glenfunk vowed not to sue the abortion provider and compared the Supreme Court's misconduct with the Dreadscott case in favor of slavery, but the local planned parent-child relationship chapter he Statement said they would not let them ignore state restrictions.

"While thanking Nashville's DA's support for reproductive freedom, Savannah Bearden, a planned parent-child relationship spokesperson for Tennessee and Northern Mississippi, said the group said," The law. We are planning to continue to comply. " To protect patients and care providers and allow clinics to continue to provide other medical services.

Some providers leave the possibility that future prosecutors will claim cases where the state's misconduct law restricts prolong the term of lawyers in the district and their predecessors refuse to claim. I am also concerned that it may be.

The promise not to prosecute may be more influential in purple states where local district lawyers are backed by state officials. For example, in Wisconsin, district lawyers in two of the largest cities, Milwaukee and Madison, have stated that they will not file a lawsuit under the state's 100-year-old miscarriage ban, which came into force last week. Democratic Governor Tony Evers has also promised to give grace to medical providers convicted of abortion, and Josh Kaul, the Attorney General, opposes the ban in court.

"If voters want a district lawyer to sue a woman for an abortion or licensed donor acting in the best interests of the patient, they need to choose someone else. There will be, "said DA Ismael Ozanne of Dane County, who represents Madison.

On the other hand, abortion can be the driving force in high stakes elections for DA positions. In Marikopa County, Arizona, one of the most populous counties in the United States, the Republican DA, who said it would prosecute several miscarriage cases, is facing a special election later this year. The only Democratic candidate in the race said she wouldn't sue for abortion.

Marikopa DA Rachel Mitchellrefuses to accuse local pressof providing abortion to victims of rape and incest, but other Arizona He said he would enforce the Abortion Law. The ban on miscarriage after 15 weeks is expected to come into effect in Arizona in September, and state officials are discussing whether another pre-Roe ban will come into effect.

In the elections in Tennessee later this year, a similar front of abortion was drawn among the candidates for district lawyers.

"You will see elections centered around this issue," NYU professor Berkow predicted. "Many voters will be mobilized on both sides," she said, and in local races, typically with low voting rates, "it could be something that makes a difference," she said. ..