#StopTheBans: D.A. Vance and 41 Prosecutors Support Use of Discretion to Refuse to Criminalize Abortion Decisions

June 7, 2019

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. today joined 41 prosecutors from across the U.S. in a statement articulating their view that prosecutors should not participate in efforts to criminalize abortions.

“Not all of us are in states where women’s rights are threatened by statutes criminalizing abortion,” the prosecutors wrote. “What brings us together is our view that as prosecutors we should not and will not criminalize healthcare decisions – and we believe it is our obligation as elected prosecutors charged with protecting the health and safety of all members of our community to make our views clear.”

The full statement and list of signatories is available here. Supporters of the prosecutors’ efforts are encouraged to post on social media using the hashtags #PowerOfTheProsecutor and #StopTheBans.