Lawsuits challenging abortion bans on religious freedom grounds falter

by | Jul 3, 2024 | Religion

(RNS) — Soon after the right to an abortion was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court two years ago, a novel legal strategy emerged for challenging new state abortion bans. It argued that near-total bans infringe on religious freedom by imposing a Christian understanding of when life begins.Last month, that strategy took a beating in the courts.
On Friday (June 28), a Kentucky judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by three Jewish mothers who argued the state’s near-total abortion ban violated their religious freedom. Among their claims, the women argued the abortion ban violated Kentucky’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which states the government “shall not substantially burden a person’s freedom of religion.” Their faith — Judaism — they claimed, allows for abortion and in some cases requires it.
Jefferson County Circuit Judge Brian Edwards said the group of women lacked standing to bring the case because they were not pregnant and therefore suffered no injury by the law.
In another case earlier in June, a Missouri judge rejected a clergy-led effort to halt the state’s near-total abortion ban. A coalition of 14 Christian, Jewish and Unitarian leaders argued that some religions require access to an abortion and that Missouri law imposes the beliefs …

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On Friday (June 28), a Kentucky judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by three Jewish mothers who argued the state’s near-total abortion ban violated their religious freedom. Among their claims, the women argued the abortion ban violated Kentucky’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which states the government “shall not substantially burden a person’s freedom of religion.” Their faith — Judaism — they claimed, allows for abortion and in some cases requires it.
Jefferson County Circuit Judge Brian Edwards said the group of women lacked standing to bring the case because they were not pregnant and therefore suffered no injury by the law.
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