Judge gauges if Indiana abortion ban defies religious rights


(Worthy News) – A top lawyer on Friday questioned the validity of a lawsuit brought by a group of residents argue that the state’s ban violates their religious freedoms.

A judge heard arguments Friday for about an hour in an Indianapolis courtroom, spurred by claims from five anonymous residents – who hold Jewish, and spiritual faiths – and the group Hoosier Jews for Choice. They argue the ban – which is currently blocked due to a separate lawsuit – violates their religious rights regarding when they believe abortion is acceptable.

The lawsuit says the ban violates the Jewish teaching that “a fetus attains the status of a living person only at birth” and that “Jewish law stresses the necessity of protecting the life and physical and mental health of the mother prior to birth.” It also cites theological teachings allowing abortion in at least some circumstances by Islamic, , Unitarian Universalist and pagan faiths. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More…) ]

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