In the Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade, the majority opinion found that, in light of the state's interest in fetal life as "potential life," and the absence of a clear basis in the Constitution for a right to abortion, state regulation in this area is limited only by "rational basis" analysis. For fifty years, abortion has been a hot point issue for contending political views, but until now relatively little attention has been given to the religious freedom implications of government associating itself with a particular view as to when life begins. Remarkably, in a term in which religious freedom and religious liberty was a theme of several cases, neither the majority opinion nor the dissent in Dobbs touched on those implications. Does state regulation of abortion that adopts a position associated with a particular religious view of when life begins impact the religious freedom of religious communities that have a different viewpoint on the beginning of life, particularly religious minority communities? What are the operative principles of determining when regulation that correlates with religious practice or belief (as much regulation, such as prohibitions on murder or theft, does) crosses the line to become a violation of religious freedom? Join us as we discuss abortion from a religious freedom perspective.
- Ria Chakrabarty, Policy Director, Hindus for Human Rights
- Adèle Keim, Senior Counsel, Becket Law
- Rachel Laser, President and CEO, Americans United for Separation of Church and State
- Asifa Quraishi-Landes, Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School
- Rahmah A. Abdulaleem, Executive Director, KARAMAH; Co-Chair, Religious Freedom Committee, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice
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Religious Freedom and Abortion | University of Virginia School of Law Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper Series 2022-74
Reproductive freedom is religious freedom | The Freethinker
Abortion bans trample on the religious freedom of Muslims, too | San Francisco Chronicle
Open Letter: Why Muslims Must Oppose the Abortion Ban | Muslim Girl
VIDEO: Weaponization of Women: Working Towards Inalienable Rights | Muslim Public Affairs Council 2022 Convention
Americans United for Separation of Church and State amicus brief in Dobbs
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