Skip to comments.United Church of Christ and Episcopal Pastors Sue to Overturn Florida Law Banning Late Abortions
Posted on 08/03/2022 5:46:26 AM PDT by Morgana
A group of religious leaders, including two supposedly Christian pastors, filed lawsuits Monday challenging a Florida law that protects unborn babies by banning abortions after 15 weeks.
Reuters reports the pastors from the United Church of Christ and the Episcopal Church claim the pro-life law violates their free speech and freedom of religion. Three Jewish rabbis, a Buddhist lama and a Unitarian Universalist minister also filed lawsuits Monday making the same claim.
The Reducing Fetal and Infant Mortality Act, which went into effect July 1, bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, with exceptions if the mother’s life is at risk or the unborn baby has a fatal disorder. It also includes measures to reduce infant mortality and a requirement that abortion facilities report suspected human trafficking cases to the state.
Pro-life leaders estimate the law will save more than 3,000 nearly fully-formed second-trimester unborn babies from abortion every year in Florida. After 15 weeks, one of the most common abortion procedures involves dismembering the unborn baby, tearing their body apart limb from limb and removing them in pieces from the womb while their heart is still beating.
However, the religious leaders claim these protections for unborn babies “severely burden” their religious freedom, both under the U.S. Constitution and Florida law, according to the rabbis’ lawsuit.
Here’s more from Reuters:
They asked the court to declare that the state’s abortion law violates Florida and U.S. constitutional protections for freedom of speech and religion.
They also claim the abortion ban violates a Florida religious freedom law that prohibits the government from “substantially burdening” the exercise of religion, unless there is a compelling state interest that cannot be met with fewer restrictions.
Separately, the ACLU also filed a lawsuit against the pro-life law in July on behalf of Planned Parenthood and other Florida abortion facilities. A judge temporarily blocked enforcement of the law, but the state began enforcing it again a short time later after Gov. Ron DeSantis appealed.
Challenging pro-life laws on religious freedom grounds is not a new idea. The Satanic Temple has been attempting similar legal challenges for years without success.
In May, the satanic group said it plans to challenge more pro-life laws on religious freedom grounds in response to the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. The group claims killing an unborn baby in an abortion is a “religious ritual” in its members’ views.
Florida is one of 13 states that protects unborn babies by limiting or banning abortions now that Roe is gone.
Under Roe, more than 63 million unborn babies were aborted in the United States. The 1973 ruling forced states to legalize abortion on demand up to viability and allowed abortions up to birth. Now, because of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health ruling, states may protect unborn babies by banning abortions again. The Charlotte Lozier Institute estimates more than 122,000 unborn babies are being saved from abortion as a result of the pro-life laws currently in effect.
Priests of Moloch.
Isn’t there a special place in hell for these people? Re-writing the gospel to suit your needs must be a punishable offense.
I’m not sure that the Apostle Paul would agree to this, but maybe they never heard of him.
Good thing these people’s parents didn’t feel the way they do.
Formerly Christian organizations. They are now Marxist hell holes.
Jesus, Peter, John, Paul and Jude all warned us about these false christians.
Left the United Church of Christ almost 40 years ago. Even then they had migrated from the Word of God into social issue preachers.
Destroying the American way of life..and in many cases.. using our money to do it.
Looks like United Church of Christ and the Episcopal Church have enlisted into the Army of Satan.
The Church of Oprah.
All gobbly gook about spirituality, and “good works”, with no mention of God and very little or no reference to the Bible.
Then they wonder why nobody goes to church anymore. “Religious leaders” are on their way out. Soon, there won’t be such a thing. Adios idiots! You too Frankie.
Perhaps they never read this from Isaiah 1:4-7
Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.
Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.
From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.
Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.
UCC and Church of Christ are very, very different.
Abortion is a sacrament in the liberal church.
Boo hoo. The Satanists won’t get any more power from child sacrifice in Florida.
Baby Killer Cults!
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