It’s been a while since we’ve talked about The Satanic Temple (TST) Last we heard from them, they announced they were raffling a free abortion to promote the organization’s religious abortion ritual, while arguing that its members’ religious rights are exempt from any state laws or any regulations that might block access to abortion services during the first trimester.
Hailing from Salem, Massachusetts, the Satanic Temple describes its Satanic abortion ritual as a “spiritual experience designed to instill confidence and self-worth in accordance to TST’s religious beliefs.”
The organization contends those who practice the Satanic abortion ritual are exempt from being subjected to waiting periods, mandatory counseling, forced viewing of sonograms, and reading materials as required in many states. TST said in a press release.:
“TST bases its assertions of abortion mandate exemptions on the protections provided by State Religious Freedom Restoration Acts or RFRA, which generally prohibits the government from substantially interfering with a person’s free exercise of religion,”
The Satanic Temple claims their abortion ritual as practiced by its members is exempt from the existing abortion regulations on the basis of religious liberty. For this reason, they say all abortions by its members are religious acts of Satanism and protected under the ruling, and they have gone on the offensive.
According to Yahoo News, “They have has filed a letter with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) arguing that their members should be allowed to access abortion pills without regulatory action while using its status as a religious organization to claim its right to abortion as a faith-based right.
The group argues that they should have access to the abortion pills Misoprostol and Mifepristone for religious use through the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) which was created to allow Native Americans access to peyote for religious rituals. Under these rules, the Temple is arguing that they should be granted those same rights to use abortifacients for their own religious purposes.” Temple co-founder Lucien Greaves said in a statement:
“I am sure Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton — who famously spends a good deal of his time composing press releases about Religious Liberty issues in other states — will be proud to see that Texas’s robust Religious Liberty laws, which he so vociferously champions, will prevent future Abortion Rituals from being interrupted by superfluous government restrictions meant only to shame and harass those seeking an abortion.”