By Ben Johnson
Numerous prosecutors nationwide “have violated their oath” of office by promising not to enforce pro-life legal protections if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, a state attorney general said on Monday.
With the future of abortion-on-demand hinging on an imminently anticipated Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a majority of states in the U.S. will likely enact laws punishing abortionists. Among them, 13 states have passed trigger laws designed to begin protecting unborn children the first moment justices legally allow it. Yet district attorneys in major metropolitan areas across the country, including liberal cities inside conservative states, have threatened to shield the abortion industry by refusing to enforce validly enacted, pro-life legislation.
Satana Deberry, the district attorney of Durham County, North Carolina, vowed not to prosecute abortionists on the grounds that “I am committed to the safety and well-being of everyone in my community.” District Attorney Sherry Boston of Georgia’s Dekalb County, called prosecuting abortionists who violate state “the exact opposite of our role as district attorney.”
Some Democratic prosecutors have implied that rank criminals are morally superior to center-Right lawmakers who respect the right to life. “Almost two and a half years ago, I took my oath of office as prosecutor and swore to protect my community from those who broke the law. The real threat, I now realize, may stem from those who write the law,” wrote Steve Descano, the commonwealth attorney for Fairfax County, Virginia, in a New York Times op-ed last week. “[N]o matter what the law in Virginia says, I will not prosecute a woman for having an abortion.”