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Religious leaders discuss how their religions are tackling the controversial issue of abortion


Amna Nawaz:

Tonight we explore how some of the major religions view the question of when life begins and how these beliefs should or should not shape the law of the land.

With me now are Rabbi Jen Lader of Temple Israel in West Bloomfield, Michigan, Dr. Asifa Quraishi-Landes, professor of constitutional law and Islamic law at the University of Wisconsin, and the acting co-director of Muslim Advocates, and from Chelsea. Patterson Sobolik, former policy director of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission at the Southern Baptist Convention, currently works in government affairs for Lifeline Child.

Welcome everyone and thank you for being here.

Rabbi Lader, I read something that surprised me. There’s a synagogue suing the state of Florida and the governor there, among others, claiming that the state’s 15-week abortion ban infringes on the religious freedom of Jews.

And you said that the lawsuit excites you, that you support it. Tell us why.


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