SICK! Salon: “Why Satanists may be the last, best hope to save abortion rights in Texas” — “prevent future Abortion Rituals from being interrupted”

Why Satanists may be the last, best hope to save abortion rights in Texas

The “nontheistic” organization joins the fray with a last-ditch legal maneuver to save abortion rights in Texas

By BRETT BACHMAN

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 4, 2021

As pro-choice and reproductive health groups are scrambling to make sense of Texas’ new, near-total abortion ban that went into effect this week….

The Supreme Court on Wednesday night allowed the state to implement a ban on the procedures after six weeks….

Enter The Satanic Temple.

The “nontheistic” organization, which is headquartered in Salem, Massachusetts, joined the legal fray this week by sending a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration demanding access to abortion pills for its members. The group has established an “abortion ritual,” and is attempting to use the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (which was created to allow Native Americans access to peyote for religious rituals) to argue that its members should be allowed access to abortion drugs like Misoprostol and Mifepristone for religious purposes.

“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,” Satanic Temple spokesperson Lucien Greaves told the San Antonio Current.

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