US prosecutors won’t enforce strict abortion laws | 2019-06-09 |

US prosecutors won’t enforce strict abortion laws

9 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

NEW YORK: A group of American prosecutors pledged on Friday not to enforce strict abortion laws in response to attempts to tighten access to the procedure in parts of the United States, reports AFP.

The 42 elected prosecutors—some of whom come from states that have restricted access, others from where the procedure remains easily available—wrote that the new laws would “violate constitutional rights that have been the law of the land for nearly 50 years.”

The lawyers added that “many of the laws are so vaguely written” anyone involved in the abortion process could be prosecuted.

The attorneys who signed the pledge come from 24 states and the US capital Washington, with 12 being statewide attorneys general and the rest being local elected prosecutors who can make their own charging decisions. 

Access to abortion in the United States is governed by the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v Wade decision, which allows for conditions to be placed on the procedure only after the first trimester of pregnancy.