Prosecutor will not enforce abortion law

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As Utah defends its strict new abortion ban against a court challenge, the chief prosecutor overseeing the county with the state’s only two clinics has said he won’t enforce the measure.

Democratic Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill’s decision marks the latest example of an official resisting such laws passed by states around the country.

Gill said Tuesday the Utah ban on abortions after 18 weeks appears unconstitutional, so filing felony charges against doctors who perform them as the court challenge plays out could violate their rights.

Gill’s position and a similar stance by the attorney general of Michigan came as more GOP-leaning states around the U.S. pass increasingly restrictive abortion laws, including an Alabama measure approved by lawmakers on Tuesday that would outlaw almost all abortions in the state.

Prosecutors have a lot of discretion about how laws are enforced because they decide who to charge and what cases to file.

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