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Commonwealth attorneys in Richmond, Henrico pledge not to criminalize abortion if state law changes

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By Richmond Times-Dispatch

Although Virginia’s abortion laws have not changed, elected commonwealth’s attorneys in Richmond and Henrico County preemptively have pledged not to prosecute anyone who receives an abortion or provides a woman with the procedure in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court‘s decision last week to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Colette McEachin and Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor have joined 88 elected chief prosecutors, district attorneys and state attorneys general from 28 states — nine in Virginia — who signed a pledge that promises not “to use our offices’ resources to criminalize reproductive health decisions.”

“Enforcing abortion bans runs counter to the obligations and interests we are sworn to uphold,” according to the language of the pledge included in a three-page letter crafted by the organization Fair and Just Prosecution.


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