INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (LifeSiteNews) – The ACLU and abortion industry are resorting to a favorite last-ditch effort in an attempt to overturn a pro-life law passed by Indiana’s duly elected representatives.
The pro-abortion legal group wants a judge to rule that the state’s new law, which will shut down all abortion facilities in the state and is expected to eliminate 95 percent of abortions in Indiana, is in violation of the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).
The group filed a lawsuit on September 8 to stop the law, which goes into effect on Thursday.
That’s because state and federal RFRA laws do not give a broad liberty for someone to evade all laws simply by claiming it violates their religion, or whatever the Satanic Temple is supposed to be.
RFRA laws, like Indiana’s, state simply: “A governmental entity may substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion only if the governmental entity demonstrates that application of the burden to the person:(1) is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; and (2) is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.”
Put another way, the government entity has to show there is a good reason for a law and that there is no other way to enforce the law without violating someone’s religious liberty claims.
For example, if someone tried to claim that their religion required them to drive 150 miles per hour on the highway, a judge would likely find that the state must restrict this liberty because there is no other way to ensure safety on the roads than to enforce speed limits.
The Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare’s requirement that all business owners, even those who have religious objections to abortifacient birth control, failed to meet the “least restrictive means” test, under the federal RFRA.
The state has a “compelling government interest” in stopping the killing of preborn babies and the “least restrictive means” of doing that includes that pagans and “Unitarian Universalists” cannot claim their “religion” requires them to have abortions in some circumstances. Same goes for any Aztec who wants to challenge the state’s law against murdering born children.
The Court of Appeals of Indiana rejected in June a similar effort to broadly apply RFRA to violent conduct. In that case, a parent argued that “punching his children in the face, striking their heads with his elbow, and choking them” all fell under his religious right to discipline his children.
As a result, he wanted a court to throw out abuse convictions against him. But the appeals court ruled that “protecting the welfare of children” is a “compelling government interest.”
That’s why the lawsuit from the ACLU and “Hoosier Jews for Choice” and others should fail.
The plaintiffs argue they “have sincere religious beliefs that direct them to obtain an abortion under circumstances prohibited by S.E.A. 1 and who are at risk of needing an abortion in the future consistent with these beliefs even though the abortion would otherwise be prohibited by S.E.A. 1.”
Attorneys are arguing on behalf of people who may need an abortion in the future on the basis that their religion allows for the killing of preborn babies in some cases.
For example, the ACLU argues that “being denied the ability” to kill a preborn baby violates the religious freedom of Unitarian Universalists because “a Unitarian Universalist believes an abortion is necessary” and this “breaks the covenant Unitarian Universalists have to honor their own inherent worth and dignity and will impose a substantial burden on the sincere religious beliefs and exercise of a Unitarian Universalist.”
The lawsuit also argues on behalf of pagans because they “demand, as part of their religious and spiritual tradition, that women have full bodily autonomy, free from interference from others.” The claim the ACLU makes to satisfy the “burden” test is to argue that the women, none of whom are currently pregnant, are avoiding pregnancy until they can have an abortion.
The new state law is “preventing them from obtaining abortions that are directed by their sincere religious beliefs.”
A pagan plaintiff argues that her anxiety over not being able to kill her own preborn baby “has resulted in a reduction in physical intimacy [with]…her husband” and this “is another form of impingement on her religious beliefs” because it makes it hard for her to feel “fully connected to and with her husband.”
The state, as it did in prosecuting the abusive father, can show that it has a “compelling government interest” in protecting human life – in 2018 Governor Eric Holcomb signed a law against feticide.
The ACLU’s claim should fail.
LifeSiteNews has a comprehensive, regularly updated map of state-by-state abortion laws. Indiana became the most recent state to restrict abortion, passing a law which is expected to prevent 95 percent of abortions. A federal judge also ruled on August 17 that North Carolina can enforce its ban on abortions at 20 weeks.