Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell said Tuesday she will not prosecute women for having abortions.
"Likewise, I will not re-victimize survivors of rape, incest or molestation. I've spent my career defending people that have suffered those crimes,” said Mitchell, who is running for election in November.
Her comments came days after a Pima County judge banned virtually all abortions in the state.
That ruling lifted a court injunction against the abortion ban and brought back Arizona’s territorial law.
In a video posted Tuesday, Mitchell said: “I know this is a highly emotionally charged subject, and I want the community to know that I will not prosecute women for having abortions and no statute even suggests a woman will ever be prosecuted for her decision.”
“False statements about the law or about my position in order to sew fear for political gain are simply irresponsible,” she said.