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Hobbs is taking abortion prosecutions away from county attorneys. Why the AG supports that

Late last week, Gov. Katie Hobbs signed an executive order that centralizes the authority over abortion-related prosecutions in the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

Previously, county attorneys had the discretion to bring prosecutions. The order also directs Arizona agencies to not help in investigations relating to reproductive healthcare unless a court or federal law requires them to. It also outlines that Arizona will turn down extradition requests from other states who want to prosecute people who provide, help with, seek or get abortion services.

The move has, predictably, drawn praise from abortion-rights supporters and criticism from those who oppose the procedure. Attorney General Kris Mayes joined The Show to talk more about the order.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.