Satanic Temple: Texas Heartbeat Law Violates 'Religious Freedom to Abortion Rituals'
Satanists attack new pro-life laws in Texas, cite 'religious liberty'
The Satanic Temple has slammed the new "heartbeat" law in Texas, arguing that it violates their “religious freedom” to “abortion rituals.”
The group's satanist leaders claim that blocking them from performing "Abortion Rituals" is an infringement of their "religious liberty."
The Temple’s spokesman and co-founder, Lucien Greaves, argued in a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that access to abortion drugs is vital for Satan-worshipers.
Greaves told the FDA that the drugs, Misoprostol and Mifepristone, must be allowed under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) because they are used for their “Abortion Rituals.”
“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,” Greaves wrote in the letter.
"The battle for abortion rights is largely a battle of competing religious viewpoints, and our viewpoint that the nonviable fetus is part of the impregnated host is fortunately protected under Religious Liberty laws.”
The move comes two years after the satanic group tried challenging a pro-life law in Missouri.
The Satanic Temple previously cited the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to overturn a set of pro-life laws in the state.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear it, however.
The Satanic Temple bills itself as a non-theistic organization dedicated to reason.
It claims it uses Satanic imagery as little more than a tool to troll Christians.
Its website states:
The mission of The Satanic Temple is to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense, oppose injustice, and undertake noble pursuits.
The Satanic Temple has publicly confronted hate groups, fought for the abolition of corporal punishment in public schools, applied for equal representation when religious installations are placed on public property, provided religious exemption and legal protection against laws that unscientifically restrict women’s reproductive autonomy, exposed harmful pseudo-scientific practitioners in mental health care, organized clubs alongside other religious after-school clubs in schools besieged by proselytizing organizations, and engaged in other advocacy in accordance with our tenets.
Last Wednesday, the Supreme Court decided 5-4 not to block the Lone Star State’s new law banning most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
It also allows citizens to sue abortion providers and anyone who aids in abortion for up to $10,000 in damages.