Clergy representing five different religions assert that HB 5 violates Freedom of Speech, Free Exercise of Religion, and the Florida Religious Freedom Restoration Act
- Seven Florida-based faith leaders filed a lawsuit in Florida court in Miami-Dade County seeking to overturn Florida’s controversial law, HB 5.
- HB 5 restricts abortion after 15 weeks and provides no exception for incest, rape, or trafficking
- The plaintiffs represent clergy from Reform Judaism, Buddhism, the Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ, and the Unitarian Universalist Church.
- The lawsuit follows the decision by the United States Supreme Court in June 2022 overturning the precedent set by Roe v. Wade, which paved the way for HB 5 to take effect in Florida.
- They assert that HB 5 violates their constitutional rights of freedom of speech and free exercise of religion, the constitutional separation of Church and State, and the Florida Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
- The plaintiffs are seeking an immediate stay in the state’s enforcement of HB 5 and for the law to be ruled unconstitutional.
Vivek Jayaram and Liz Austermuehle | Jayaram Law
Marci Hamilton | Law and Religion Expert; Professor of Practice in Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania
Adlai Small, Danielle Moriber and David Harrison | Spiro Harrison
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The full complaint can be found: here.