RELEASE: Andy Gould Comments on Julie Gunnigle’s “Will Not Enforce” SB1164 Statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (March 30, 2022) — Julie Gunnigle’s statement that, if elected Maricopa County Attorney, she would not enforce Arizona’s SB-1164 abortion law is deeply troubling. A County Attorney’s refusal to enforce a law enacted by the legislature is not an act of prosecutorial discretion; rather, it is an unconstitutional act by an executive officer that violates the separation of powers. The legislature – not the County Attorney – has the authority to make laws. Prosecutors cannot pick and choose which laws they prefer to enforce. Further, Gunnigle’s statement that she would rather focus her efforts on crimes that affect the “most vulnerable” displays a shocking callousness to the rights of unborn children.

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