September 14, 2022

ACLU Lawsuit Argues Indiana Pro-Life Law Violates Religious Freedom

The ACLU of Indiana filed a lawsuit against Indiana's new law protecting unborn children from abortion. In this case, the group uses a notably odd argument. On behalf of the Hoosier Jews for Choice and five anonymous residents, the ACLU will argue that the law violates their religious freedom.

The lawsuit argues that the pro-life law violates Indiana's 2015 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. According to the IndyStar, this law "prevents the government from impeding someone's religious exercise unless there's a strong argument in favor of the state's interest."

It goes on to say that the pro-life law violates the religious freedom of those who don't believe life begins at fertilization. "For example, under Jewish law, a fetus attains the status of a living person only at birth," the lawsuit states. "Jewish law recognizes that abortions may occur, and should occur as a religious matter, under circumstances not allowed by (the near-total abortion ban) or existing Indiana law."

Not only do many Jews believe life begins and conception and consider abortion to be murder, but the text of this lawsuit implies that abortion is a religious rite. The Satanic Temple tried and failed to make this argument in an attempt to block Texas's Heartbeat Act last year.

Furthermore, it is a matter of scientific fact that a unique living human being is created at fertilization. From that moment, the child has unique DNA separate from both the mother and father.

The new Indiana law bans abortion except to protect the health of the mother, when the child is diagnosed with a lethal anomaly, or in cases of rape or incest. In the latter case, there is still a ten-week limit.