The Satanic Temple seems to exist largely to taunt Christians and file as many lawsuits as they can that will undermine our Christian values and culture in the U.S. From after-school evangelism clubs to Christian bakeries to public prayer, Satanists can’t stand that Christianity exists and have made it their mission to attack us and everything we hold dear, which is really kind of pathetic when you think about it.
This time, they are taking on “reproductive rights”, and attempting to set a frightening precedent for abortion in our country.
An anonymous Missouri woman who is a member of The Satanist Temple will be presenting her case that state abortion laws infringe on her freedom of religion in the Missouri Supreme Court.
On Tuesday, The Kansas City Star reports, the Western District Court of Appeals ruled in her favor, noting that her constitutional challenge presented “a contested matter of right that involves fair doubt and reasonable room for disagreement.”
The woman, identified as Jane Doe in official court documents, is arguing that because her “religion” does not believe life begins at conception, thus, Missouri state prerequisites for abortion violate her religious freedom protected by the First Amendment.
Doe had an abortion in 2015 and, due to these prerequisites, she had to wait 72 hours between her initial abortion clinic visit and the abortion procedure, to see an active ultrasound of her unborn child, and sign a form saying she had read a booklet which contained the statement: “[t]he life of each human being begins at conception. Abortion will terminate the life of a separate, unique, living human being.”
Here is the craziest part of all–while Doe claims she heard no heartbeat, according to court documents, she also said she felt “guilt and shame” as a result of going through these prerequisites!
According to her, “the sole purpose of the law is to indoctrinate pregnant women into the belief held by some, but not all, Christians that a separate and unique human being begins at conception. Because the law does not recognize or include other beliefs, she contends that it establishes an official religion and makes clear that the state disapproves of her beliefs.”
Arguing that such laws violate non-Christians’ religious freedom had not yet occurred to the court, they write.
“Neither the Missouri Supreme Court nor the U.S. Supreme Court has considered whether a Booklet of this nature, an Ultrasound, an Audible Heartbeat Offer, and a seventy-two-hour Waiting Period violate the Religion Clause rights of pregnant women.”
Judge Thomas Newton, believing this to be a valid claim, wrote that “Because we believe that this case raises real and substantial constitutional claims, it is within the Missouri Supreme Court’s exclusive jurisdiction…and we hereby order its transfer.”
If the court were to rule in Doe’s favor, it would set a terrifying legal precedence, and this is most likely exactly what Doe and the Satanic Temple want.
“The State of Missouri is using its power to regulate abortion to promote some, but not all, religious beliefs that Fetal Tissue is, from conception, a separate and unique human being whose destruction is morally wrong,” Doe argues.
The thing is, it is not a point of religious belief on the part of Christians that life begins at conception, it is a point of religious belief that it is immoral to end a human life. It is a scientific fact that life begins at conception.
The First Amendment protects our right to believe what we want and practices our religion, but this does not extend to ending the life of another American. It is worth noting that the laws Jane Doe wants to challenge might work to prevent some abortions, but they also serve to illustrate that it is very much legal to end human life in the United States and that the state of Missouri knows this and allows it anyway.
At any rate, a Satanist has no more right than they do to murder an in-utero baby than they do to perform a ritual human sacrifice–and what’s the difference between these two, really?