13 Christian, Jewish, and Unitarian Universalist clergy leaders filed a lawsuit to challenge a highly restrictive abortion ban passed by Missouri legislators. A judge will hear their case against the abortion ban and will decide if the state’s restrictive policy is tantamount to pushing Christian beliefs on the state’s non-Christian residents.
The church leaders argue in the suit that the legislators are trying to “impose their religious beliefs on everyone."
Some state legislators referenced their religious motivations when backing the law before it was originally passed in 2019.
“If a law’s predominant purpose is to impose religious beliefs, that is clearly unconstitutional,” argued the plaintiffs' attorneys, they say all one must do is look at the language used by lawmakers.
At the time, state Rep. Nick Schroer stated, “as a Catholic I do believe life begins at conception and that is built into our legislative findings.”
“God doesn’t give us a choice in this area. He is the creator of life,” added State Sen. Holly Thompson Rehder on the House floor during initial debates. “And I, being made in his image and likeness, don’t get to choose to take that away, no matter how that child came to be. To me, life begins at conception, and my God doesn’t give that option.”
One of the bill’s co-sponsors, State Rep. Barry Hovis, even stated explicitly that his intentions were “from the Biblical side of it.”
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