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Lawsuit challenging Indiana abortion restrictions succeeds on religious-freedom grounds

April 08, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: Granting a victory to Hoosier Jews for Choice, an Indiana appellate court has ruled that the state’s religious-freedom law takes precedence over the state’s restrictions on abortion when individuals “engage in a religious exercise by pursuing an abortion.”

“The State has provided little authority—and none that we find persuasive—to support the more restrictive view that religious exercise does not encompass the pregnancy terminations at issue here,” the court ruled. “If a corporation can engage in a religious exercise by refusing to provide abortifacients—contraceptives that essentially abort a pregnancy after fertilization—it stands to reason that a pregnant person can engage in a religious exercise by pursuing an abortion.”

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  • Posted by: dcnmthompson7484 - Apr. 10, 2024 10:48 AM ET USA

    SO, then forcing any company/entity to pay for abortion and contraceptive drugs in the medical plans is not legal on religious freedom grounds? Im not a legal expert, but which is it...?

  • Posted by: feedback - Apr. 08, 2024 10:57 AM ET USA

    I never imagined to see the day when human sacrifice would be protected in the United States on the grounds of Religious Liberty. This is absurd and diabolic.