A synagogue in Florida has sued the state of Florida to overturn the recently passed abortion law because it violates the freedom of religion of the members of its synagogue.

The law bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A new Florida law prohibiting abortion after 15 weeks with some exceptions violates religious freedom rights of Jews in addition to the state constitution’s privacy protections, a synagogue claims in a lawsuit.

The lawsuit filed by the Congregation L’Dor Va-Dor of Boynton Beach contends the law that takes effect July 1 violates Jewish teachings, which state abortion “is required if necessary to protect the health, mental or physical well-being of the woman” and for other reasons.

“As such, the act prohibits Jewish women from practicing their faith free of government intrusion and this violates their privacy rights and religious freedom,” says the lawsuit, filed Friday in Leon County Circuit Court.

The lawsuit adds that people who “do not share the religious views reflected in the act will suffer” and that it “threatens the Jewish people by imposing the laws of other religions upon Jews.”

The case is likely to be consolidated with a court challenge filed by Planned Patenthood, which seems like a mistake. The current SCOTUS is unlikely to be persuaded by Planned Parenthood, but would likely to be sympathetic to a case about denial of religious freedom.

Why should Jews be compelled to obey a state law that violates their religious principles?

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