The Daily Populous

Saturday October 8th, 2022 day edition

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(RNS) — Three Jewish women in Kentucky have filed a lawsuit arguing that their religious rights are being violated by a set of state laws that ban most abortions.

The lawsuit, filed in Jefferson Circuit Court in Louisville, is the third such suit brought by Jewish organizations or individuals since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in their ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

In all three suits — the first in Florida, the second in Indiana — the Jewish plaintiffs claim their state is infringing on their religious freedom by imposing a Christian understanding of when life begins.

Under current Kentucky laws, life begins at the moment of fertilization.

Another law bans abortion after six weeks when cardiac activity is first detected.

The suit, filed Thursday (Oct. 6), repurposes a legal tactic successfully used by conservative Christian groups in recent years.

The NCJW is supporting and advising Jews in all three states where the abortion restrictions are being challenged in court. »

Ohio court blocks six-week abortion ban indefinitely

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The American Civil Liberties Union and other abortion rights groups have won a ruling from a lower court in Ohio that has indefinitely blocked the state’s ban on terminating pregnancies after six weeks.

In the meantime, as litigation over the ban continues, abortions up to 22 weeks of pregnancy remain legal in Ohio.

“We are thrilled … and relieved that patients in Ohio can continue to access abortion as we work to fight this unjust and dangerous ban in court,” the groups said in a joint statement. »

Dead Space remake will be 'native' on Steam, no Origin client required

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Another exception will be the Steam version of the Dead Space remake (opens in new tab), which releases in January.

Nevertheless, Dead Space is apparently a regular Steam game with no extraneous client.

Isaac was voiced in Dead Space 2 and 3, so remake developer Motive hasn't exactly taken a drastic departure from the overall source material. »

A Disgruntled Tourist Smashed Two 2,000-Year-Old Statues in the Vatican Because He Was Denied a Meeting With Pope Francis

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Around noon in Rome today, an American tourist requested an audience with Pope Francis while visiting the Vatican’s Chiaramonti Museum.

“The person who knocked down the statues was stopped by the Vatican police and has been handed over to the Italian authorities,” an official statement from the Vatican read.

No one knows what the tourist wanted to talk to the Pope about, but various outlets have questioned his mental health. »

AZ Appeals Court blocks enforcement of abortion ban

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The Arizona Court of Appeals has issued a stay on a lower court judge’s ruling, temporarily blocking enforcement of the ban.

A Pima County Superior Court judge on Sept. 23 had ruled Arizona could once again enforce its Civil War-ear ban on abortions that makes exceptions only to save the life of the mother.

The organization had asked the appeals court to issue the stay. »