Class-Action Lawsuit Filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana Against State’s Abortion Ban
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana today filed a class action lawsuit claiming that Senate Enrolled Act 1, a ban on abortion in Indiana, violates Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Hoosier Jews for Choice, and five women who, like many Hoosiers, have sincere religious beliefs that they must be able to obtain an abortion under circumstances prohibited by S.E.A. 1. RFRA, a law that passed the Indiana legislature in 2015, prohibits government action that interferes with a person’s religious exercise, unless the government can prove it has a compelling reason for doing so that is the least restrictive alternative available.
According to the ACLU of Indiana lawsuit, although some religions believe that human life begins at conception, this is not an opinion shared by all religions or all religious people.