Genius: In a brilliant effort to overcome anti-abortion legislation, The Satanic Temple just announced the “Religious Abortion Ritual” which is designed to protect access to the medical procedure using existing religious liberty laws.
In an announcement The Satanic Temple declares:
SATANIC ABORTIONS ARE PROTECTED BY RELIGIOUS LIBERTY LAWS
In accordance with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), first trimester abortions are now exempt from unnecessary regulations for all individuals practicing The Satanic Temple’s religious abortion ritual.
The announcement explains:
The Satanic Temple is proud to announce its Religious Abortion Ritual, a ceremony rooted in our deeply-held beliefs.
This ritual may be performed by our members as a way to fortify self-worth, instill confidence, and provide spiritual comfort.
The performance of the Satanic abortion ritual is protected by religious liberty laws. It exempts Satanists from fulfilling any medically unnecessary and unscientific requirement, such as mandatory waiting periods or unwanted sonograms, that interferes with the practice of our ritual.
A downloadable letter provided by The Satanic Temple to be used by those desiring an abortion, explains:
Because the abortive act is inextricably linked to the religious rite, a burden on the act is a burden on the rite. State law implements some or all of the following generally-applicable burdens on the abortive act, each of which substantially interfere with my religious beliefs and practices:
- Mandatory waiting periods.
- Requirements that practitioners withhold certain medical information. Compulsory counseling prior to an abortion.
- Required reading materials.
- Medically unnecessary sonograms.
- Mandatory listening to the fetal heartbeat.
- Burial or cremation of fetal remains.
Based on the foregoing, I demand a religious exemption to these generally- applicable restrictions.
For the record, The Satanic Temple does not promote the worship of Satan, or any other imaginary deity. Instead, the group utilizes satanic imagery to promote egalitarianism, social justice, and the separation of church and state.
The Satanic Temple is a faith community that describes itself as facilitating “the communication and mobilization of politically aware Satanists, secularists, and advocates for individual liberty.”
Previously The Satanic Temple made headlines after offering to escort Muslims who were afraid to leave their homes out of fear of a growing anti-Muslim backlash resulting from the Paris terrorist attacks.
Also, it is worthwhile to note that when it comes to morality, The Satanic Temple’s Seven Tenets are morally superior to the Bible’s Ten Commandments.
And, of course, The Satanic Temple has been on the front lines in defending a woman’s right to an abortion and promoting the separation of church and state guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Bottom line: In a brilliant effort to overcome anti-abortion legislation, The Satanic Temple just announced the “Religious Abortion Ritual” which is designed to protect access to the medical procedure using existing religious liberty laws.