The Satanic Temple Sues State of Missouri Over Abortion Law


Photo: The Satanic Temple co-founder Lucien Greaves speaks at SASHAcon/ Mark Schierbecker

Hoping to see Missouri’s strict abortion laws overturned, The Satanic Temple has taken the state to court. By God’s grace, the state of Missouri has some of the most restrictive abortion laws on the books. In Missouri, abortions past 21 weeks and 6 days from conception are illegal, as is using public funds for abortions. Among other regulations, it’s mandated that women have to wait 72 hours, and minors have to obtain parental consent in order to have an abortion. The Satanic Temple argues that Missouri’s abortion laws violate the religious freedoms of its members.

According to an article on HuffPost:

The temple first filed a complaint in May of 2015 on behalf of a member identified as Mary Doe, who had sought out an abortion. Doe reportedly had to drive over three hours to a Planned Parenthood, taking time off work and paying for a hotel room. In accordance with Missouri law, the clinic told Doe she had to wait 72 hours before she could get the procedure. She was also asked to review a booklet of ‘informed consent’ materials  that assert: ‘The life of each human being begins at conception. Abortion will terminate the life of a separate, unique, living human being.’ … By promoting the belief that human life begins at conception, the temple’s attorney James Mac Naughton argued, ‘the state is actively promoting a religious belief’ that conflicts with Doe’s convictions.

A follow-up complaint was filed in 2016 which was promptly dismissed because the plaintiff was no longer pregnant. Last Monday, The Satanic Temple took the case to the Missouri State Court Western Appellate District. The State Attorney General’s office argues that “the informed consent law only mandated that Doe receive information she didn’t agree with.”

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