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Henry DA: “Heartbeat” law unconstitutional, won’t prosecute

Darius Pattillo says he won't prosecute women, healthcare providers or physicians under Georgia's new "heartbeat" law.
Darius Pattillo says he won't prosecute women, healthcare providers or physicians under Georgia's new "heartbeat" law.

Credit: Branden Camp

Credit: Branden Camp

The district attorney for Henry County is joining several of his peers in metro Atlanta in pledging not to prosecute women for seeking an abortion under the state's new "heartbeat" law.

"HB 481 is unconstitutional because it is contrary to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, which is presently the law of the land," Henry District Attorney Darius Pattillo said in a statement.

“This office will not prosecute any woman for decisions regarding her own personal health, nor any physician or other healthcare professional, under HB 481,” he wrote.

District attorneys for Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb and DeKalb counties told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week they would not, or could not, prosecute women under the new law.