Faith-based groups sue to overturn Florida’s 15-week abortion ban

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A assortment of faith teams is suing Florida in excess of its 15-week abortion ban, the third legal obstacle to the state’s controversial new abortion regulation.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in Miami-Dade County Courtroom, argues that the new regulation, passed by lawmakers through the 2022 legislative session and signed into legislation by Gov. Ron DeSantis, violates constitutional freedom of speech, the free of charge work out of faith and the constitutional separation of Church and Condition.

“For decades, the Catholic bishops and Evangelical correct wing have claimed a singular spiritual high ground on the situation of abortion legal rights, and tried using to label everyone opposed to their sights as ‘secularists,’” stated Marci Hamilton, a professor of political science at the College of Pennsylvania, who is representing the plaintiffs. “Yet there are hundreds of thousands of Americans whose deeply held religious beliefs, speech and conduct are currently being substantially burdened by restrictive abortion bans.”

The lawsuit was submitted on behalf of various religious teams, which include Reform Judaism, Buddhism, the Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Church.

“The romance concerning clergy and their congregants has, right until now, been shielded, revered, and respected as sacrosanct and inviolable,” reads the lawsuit. “Now, Defendants have inserted by themselves into this alliance by imposing prison penalties on these who counsel, help and/or help with an abortion after fifteen weeks, with no religious accommodation supplied and no exceptions for the psychological health and fitness of the expecting girl or lady, incest, rape, or trafficking, non-lethal fetal abnormalities, or psychological sickness or impairment.”

This lawsuit follows 1 submitted in Leon County Circuit Court June by a South Florida Jewish congregation that also argues the new legislation, which delivers no exceptions for rape and incest, violates rights to privateness and religion.

A independent lawsuit submitted by The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, on behalf of Prepared Parenthood, argues the new abortion regulation violates privacy language in Florida’s structure that bans governments from intruding in people’s personal life. That exact language has been used in the past to strike down past abortion guidelines.

That lawsuit is even now performing its way by the legal course of action. A condition circuit courtroom judge halted the law for a small time in June but it stays in effect.

Attorney General Ashley Moody’s business office has requested the 1st District Court of Appeals to transfer the scenario instantly to the Florida Supreme Court docket, which after an overhaul by Gov. Ron DeSantis’ is witnessed as a lot more conservative-leaning than when the significant court considered prior abortion regulations.