South Florida synagogue challenges state abortion law over religion

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – A synagogue claims in a court case that a new Florida law banning abortions after 15 weeks violates the freedom of religion of Jews in addition to the state’s constitutional privacy provisions.

The lawsuit, filed by the Boynton Beach Congregation L’Dor Va-Dor, alleges that the law, which goes into effect July 1, violates Jewish law, which states that abortion is “necessary when necessary to protect the health, the… to protect the mental or physical well-being of the woman”. and for other reasons.

The community describes itself on their website as “a synagogue practicing a particular blend of modern, progressive Judaism, rooted in the Bible but also grounded in a modern understanding of reason and science.”

The lawsuit is the second challenge to the 15-week abortion ban signed into law by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in April. Planned Parenthood and other reproductive health providers also filed lawsuits earlier this month.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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