Updated: Jul 13, 2022
Following this morning’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned the constitutional right to have an abortion, Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez issued the following announcement :
At 10:15 this morning The Supreme Court issued a decision heard around the world, a decision overturning the constitutional protection of a woman’s bodily autonomy. The overturning of Roe v. Wade will not end abortions but it will end the lives of countless women. It will devastate families. It will cause harm to communities.
As your District Attorney, I will not prosecute women seeking reproductive health care. I will not prosecute doctors providing women with care. I will not be complacent in a system attempting to strip away the rights of American citizens. I stand with the 82 elected prosecutors around the country that pledge not to criminalize abortion. I stand with the 61% of Americans who believe in the right to choose.
The potential ripple effect of this devastating decision is enormous. Justice Clarence Thomas has written a concurrent opinion that the Supreme Court should now also reconsider Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell. These rulings currently protect contraception, same-sex relationships, and same-sex marriage. With today’s decision the Supreme Court has dipped their toes in the waters of years past and is attempting to reverse the current. Our rights are under attack.
With the overturning of Roe, and an uncertain future of protections looming on the horizon let me be clear and re-state again that my job as District Attorney is to prosecute in the interest of justice, and in the best interest of the people. My job is to keep our communities safe, the criminalization of abortion is the antithesis of building safer communities.
View the joint statement from myself and the other 82 elected prosecutors who have pledged to use discretion and not prosecute those who seek or perform abortion care here: https://bit.ly/3Hu7YMm