Supposedly in the name of religious freedom, the Satanic Temple has retaliated forcefully against the state’s recent institution of draconian anti-abortion laws.
The Massachusetts-based religious group has filed a letter with the United States Food and Drug Administration arguing that abortion is the religious right of its members.
The Satanic Temple argued that under the Restoration of Religious Freedom Act (RFRA), which was created to allow Native Americans access to peyote for use in rituals, its members should be allowed to access abortion pills Misoprostol and Mifepristone without regulatory action.
Satanic Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves 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 see Texas’ robust laws on religious freedom, which he so vehemently defends, will prevent future abortion rituals from being interrupted by unnecessary government restrictions intended only to shame and harass those seeking an abortion.
He added that Satanists hold bodily autonomy and sacrosanct science, and that abortion “rituals” are an important part of these beliefs, reports. Fortune.
“The battle for the right to abortion is largely a battle of competing religious views, and our view that the non-viable fetus is part of the fertilized host is fortunately protected by liberty laws. religious, ”he said.
The Texas Heartbeat Act, which came into effect on September 1, prohibits abortions after six weeks of pregnancy and allows individuals to sue anyone who “aids and encourages” an abortion after that date.
Medical authorities have criticized the law’s inaccurate reference to a heartbeat because an embryo does not have a developed heart at six weeks gestation.
In a statement posted on Twitter, The Satanic Temple said, “The abortion laws in Texas violate our religious rights and TST has taken legal action. If TX judges follow the Constitution and legal precedent, then those who share our deepest beliefs will be exempt from the state’s inappropriate efforts to restrict access to abortion services.
The Temple of Satan, which was founded in 2013, has a history of activism. Its declared mission is: “to encourage benevolence and empathy, to reject tyrannical authority, to advocate common sense, to oppose injustice and to undertake noble activities.” ”