Fittingly, liberals see Satanic Temple as ‘last, best hope to save abortion rights in Texas’

Texas’ recent bill banning most abortions after six weeks may be upended by perhaps the most unexpected group of all, religious zealots who embrace the name Satan.

The Satanic Temple has established a “religious abortion ritual” that they claim will be trampled on given the Texas law enacted in May that bans abortions at six weeks once a baby’s heartbeat can be detected.

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 does generally prohibit government involvement in the exercise of a person’s religion and 21 states have enacted such laws in their respective states including Texas. One notable case argued under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was the Supreme Court case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. that held that the crafter’s paradise was not bound to foot the bill for insurance coverage for contraceptive services as it was in conflict with the organization’s sincerely held Christian beliefs that life begins at conception and to do so would be a violation thereof.

The Satanic Temple has leapt to their congregant’s defense in supporting abortion, denouncing the new law on social media and explaining that they will continue to provide the Satanic Abortion Ritual within the first 24 weeks of pregnancy.

The non-theistic group announced the ritual on August 5, 2020, in a video released to their website that begins with a statement, “The Satanic Temple advances many just causes that advance the rights of our members.”

The group describes it as “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.”

Reactions to the announcement showed most people raised an eyebrow at the announcement, and though pro-choice leftists are in favor of abortion, this might not be the group they were hoping would spearhead the cause.

Some reactions were purely ironic.

But even some Christians appeared to be in support of their satanic ritual, arguing that it would be a benefit to have the Supreme Court firm up the separation of church and state with a ruling in this case.

Ashley Hill

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