Stop Distorting Religious Liberty When Debating Abortion

Stop Distorting Religious Liberty When Debating Abortion
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On September 20, several Jewish groups, alongside a Catholic organization, filed a Supreme Court brief arguing that religious concerns should trump secular interests when it comes to the constitutionality of Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban. If you assumed that these were pro-life groups invoking religion to argue that the Supreme Court should allow states to ban abortion, you were mistaken. In fact, Jewish groups -- including the American Jewish Congress and Jewish Women International -- joined Catholics for Choice to argue that the Court should defer to their religious beliefs and invalidate Mississippi's law. These arguments betray such groups' longstanding championing of the “separation of church and state." When it comes to abortion, it seems that these Jewish groups wish to do the exact opposite: to impose their religious views on the state.

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