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Cities Like Atlanta and Salt Lake Are Saying No to State Abortion Laws

As more states pass restrictive abortion laws, cities are fighting back. Among the resistance: local prosecutors who say they will not enforce the laws.
Abortion Rights Protests in Salt Lake City soon after state lawmakers passed a ban on abortions after 18 weeks.
Abortion Rights Protests in Salt Lake City soon after state lawmakers passed a ban on abortions after 18 weeks.Rick Bowmer/AP

When Alabama passed its near-total ban on abortion in May, it was clear that lawmakers’ goal was to set up a court challenge on abortion law that could go all the way to the top of the U.S. judicial system.

But in a number of states that have passed restrictive new abortion laws, local prosecutors and governments aren’t waiting for the Supreme Court. Their states may have new laws, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to enforce them.