Satanic Temple joins pro-choice movement, demands ‘access to religious abortion’ if Roe reverses
The Satanic Temple has pledged to pursue “religious abortion access” rights if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade of 1973 guaranteeing a right to process.
The group said it would require “a religious exception to perform TST’s religious abortion ritual” in states that ban abortion, citing the 2021 Supreme Court ruling in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, which allowed an adoption agency to refuse to serve same-sex couples. .
“The law is clearly on our side,” the Satanic Temple said in a statement posted on Twitter.
In states where exceptions to the abortion ban are not permitted, the group said its demand for observance of ritual abortion “will present greater challenges.”
It is the latest upheaval sparked by the leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion that would overturn the Roe decision that made abortion a constitutional right. Overturning Roe would send the abortion issue back to state legislatures and, ultimately, voters, a prospect that has raised fears that GOP-led states will ban or restrict abortions.
The Satanic Temple said it would sue the Food and Drug Administration over access to the abortion drugs mifepristone and misoprostol for “use under medical supervision as part of our religious abortion ritual.”
The group claimed protections for its “abortion ritual” under the Restoration of Religious Freedom Act of 1993, or RFRA.
The Satanic Temple said it is “also exploring the possibility of establishing religious abortion centers.”
A spokesperson for the Massachusetts-based group did not immediately return a Washington Times request for comment.