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Utah prosecutor says he won't enforce strict abortion law

As Utah defends its strict new abortion ban against a court challenge, the chief prosecutor overseeing the county with the state's only two clinics has said he won't enforce the measure.

Democratic Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill's decision marks the latest example of an official resisting such laws passed by states around the country.

Gill said Tuesday the Utah ban on abortions after 18 weeks appears unconstitutional, so filing felony charges against doctors who perform them as the court challenge plays out could violate their rights.

"I think that's the only legal and ethical thing for me to do, which is not use the power of my office to violate...

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