Joins Over 30 Other States With Similar Protections
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, March 30, 2015 (Cincinnati, OH): March 26, 2015 Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence signed Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), ensuring protections to prevent persons, businesses or ministries from being forced by state or local laws to support practices that conflict with deeply held religious convictions.
“Despite much media misrepresentation of the facts to the general public, Indiana is simply putting protections in place already enshrined in law at the federal level and in many other states,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati.
Indiana’s RFRA stems from the federal RFRA, signed by President Clinton in 1993 to prevent laws that restrict a person’s free exercise of religion. The federal RFRA applies to federal statutes, but not to state laws. Thus states must pass their own Religious Freedom Restoration Acts to uphold and protect citizens’ First Amendment Rights.
Examples of those the RFRA will protect include: Pharmacists who will not fill prescriptions for abortion-inducing drugs Nurses who will not participate in abortion and other immoral practices Bakers who will not prepare wedding cakes for same sex couples’ ceremonies Students who wear t-shirts to school with a biblical or pro-life message Citizens who pray in public
According to Indiana Right to Life:
30 other states have a RFRA judicial review standard or have enacted a RFRA law: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montanat, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
Click here to sign Indiana Right to Life’s thank you note to Governor Pence and all the Indiana legislators working to protect religious liberty.