Satanic Temple Challenges Abortion Law That Goes Against Their Religious Beliefs

Satanists are challenging Texas’ draconian abortion laws on the grounds of religious freedom.

The Satanic Temple, which is based across the United States in Massachusetts, filed a letter informing the United States Food and Drug Administration that abortion is a denominational right of its members.

The group cited legislation introduced in 1993 to oppose the southern state’s six-week abortion ban.

The Restoration of Religious Freedom Act (RFRA) was created to allow Native Americans access to peyote for use in rituals, Fortune reports.

Now, the Satanic Temple says its members are protected by the RFRA, in their ability to access the abortion pills misoprostol and mifepristone without regulatory action.

The Satanic Temple has a history of activism

Satanic Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves suggested it would be hypocritical for Texas lawmakers not to grant temple members their religious freedoms.

He said in a statement: “I’m sure Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton – who spends much of his time writing press releases on religious freedom issues in other states – will be proud to to see that the strong religious liberty laws of Texas, which it so vociferously champions, will prevent future abortion rituals from being interrupted by unnecessary government restrictions intended only to shame and harass those who seek abortions. “

Anti-abortion activists
Anti-abortion activists campaigned for the new legislation in 2016

Greaves continued: “The battle for abortion rights is largely a battle of competing religious views, and our view that the non-viable fetus is part of the impregnated host is fortunately protected by the religious freedom laws.

As of September 1, the Texas Heartbeat Act prohibits abortions after six weeks of pregnancy while empowering and encouraging people to report anyone who “aids and abets” an abortion.

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The only restrictions on the rule are in a certified medical emergency, which means rape victims have no choice but to give birth to their attacker’s offspring.

The Satanic Temple was founded in 2013 and serves “to encourage benevolence and empathy, reject tyrannical authority, uphold practical common sense, oppose injustice, and undertake noble activities”, indicates its mission statement.

Ruth R. Culp