Democrat Prosecutor Refuses to Enforce Utah Ban on Late-Term Abortions

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 15, 2019   |   6:02PM   |   Salt Lake City, UT

A Democratic prosecutor in Utah said Tuesday that he will not enforce a new state ban on late-term abortions.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said the new law is likely unconstitutional, and he will not enforce it, the AP reports.

The law, signed by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert in March, prohibits abortions after 18 weeks when unborn babies are nearly fully formed. Sponsored by state Rep. Cheryl Acton, the legislation puts Utah in line with most other countries on abortion. The U.S. is one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks, but some states are trying to change that.

Planned Parenthood is suing to overturn the law.

Gill oversees the county where the only two abortion facilities in Utah are located, according to the report. He announced his decision Tuesday.

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Similarly, in April, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said she will not enforce any pro-life laws banning abortions in her state.

If these public officials are unwilling to do their jobs, voters should replace them with someone who will.

Action: Contact the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office.