80 DA offices refuse to prosecute abortion cases, including 5 in Texas

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HOUSTON – A letter from Fair and equitable prosecution was signed by 80 district attorney’s offices representing communities across the country who said they would refuse to use their offices’ resources to criminalize those who seek, provide or support abortions following the decision of the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, leaving it in the hands of states to ban abortion.

The letter stated that “Enforcement of the abortion ban goes against the obligations and interests that we have sworn to uphold. This will erode trust in the justice system, hamper our ability to hold perpetrators accountable, deprive law enforcement of serious crimes and inevitably lead to the re-traumatization and criminalization of victims of sexual violence. Criminalizing abortion will not end abortion; it will simply end safe abortions, forcing the most vulnerable among us – as well as medical providers – to make impossible decisions.

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Five of those signatures include the following Texas district attorneys:

  • John Creuzot District Attorney, Dallas County, Texas

  • District Attorney José Garza, Travis County (Austin), Texas

  • Joe Gonzales District Attorney, Bexar County (San Antonio), Texas

  • District Attorney Mark Gonzalez, Nueces County (Corpus Christi), Texas

  • Brian Middleton District Attorney, Fort Bend County, Texas

Read the full joint statement below and the names of those who signed:

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