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DeSantis signs bill that will ban most abortions after 15 weeks in Florida


A South Florida Jewish community has challenged a new state law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, saying the move violates the right to privacy and freedom of religion.


The lawsuit, filed on Friday in the Leon County District Court by the L'dor Va-Dor Congregation, is aimed at blocking the entry into force of the law on July 1. Abortion clinics also filed a lawsuit in Leon County this month challenging the constitutionality of the restriction.



Both cases include accusations that the law signed by Governor Ron DeSantis in April violates the right to privacy in the Florida Constitution, which has long played a key role in abortion cases in the state.


 But the lawsuit filed Friday by the Boynton Beach Congregation also alleges that the law violates religious freedom rights.


 "For Jews, all life is precious, and therefore the decision to bring a new life into the world is not taken lightly and is not determined by a state decree," the lawsuit says. "According to Jewish law, abortion is necessary to protect a woman's health, mental or physical well-being, or for many other reasons not permitted by law [the new law]. Thus, the law prohibits Jewish women from practicing their faith without the participation of the government. invasion and thereby violate their rights to privacy and freedom of religion."


The lawsuit also states that members of the community and other persons "who do not share the religious views reflected in the law will suffer... irreparable harm resulting from the violation of their religious freedom under the Florida Constitution."


 "This failure to support the separation of church and state, like many other laws in other countries throughout history, threatens the Jewish family and, therefore, also threatens the Jewish people by imposing the laws of other religions on Jews," the lawsuit says.


 The 15-week abortion limit was one of the most contentious issues in the legislature's session this year and came as the U.S. Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of a similar Mississippi law. The leaked draft opinion on the Supreme Court case showed that the justices could use it to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision on abortion.


When DeSantis signed the bill, he held an event at the Kissimmee Church, on the screens of which the message "Florida protects the right to life" or "Florida protects the right to life" appeared.


 "Today we are here to protect life. Today we are here to protect those who cannot protect themselves," DeSantis said.

DeSantis signs bill that will ban most abortions after 15 weeks in Florida

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