The Satanic Temple Says Texas’s Anti-Abortion Law Violates Their Religious Freedom
The Salem, Massachusetts-based Satanic Temple is fighting back against the Texas Heartbeat Bill which bans all abortions after six weeks and depends on vigilante bounty hunters to stalk pregnant people and whoever assists them in terminating a pregnancy.
On Wednesday, the pro-civil rights, nontheistic social justice organization sent a letter to the United States Food and Drug Administration “to request that TST be able to access abortifacients without being subjected to the agency’s regulations. Normally, access to Misoprostol (a first-trimester abortifacient) requires a prescription, and Mifepristone(the second drug in the medical abortion regimen) can only be obtained through an approved prescriber and can only be dispensed in accordance with specific guidelines. However, TST has requested that we can directly supply Satanists who wish to undergo an abortion in a religious context with these abortifacients,” according to its website.
“The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was instigated and enacted to assure Native Americans could have unfettered access to peyote for their religious rituals. Consistent with this purpose, TST wants unfettered access to abortifacients for its religious use. Given that peyote is a Schedule I drug with no accepted medical use, TST’s request for access to prescription drugs is even more reasonable to be granted under Federal law,” the group said.
Its founder, Lucien Greaves, tweeted that “the Satanic Temple demands that the FDA grant unfettered access to abortifacients (abortion drugs) for its religious use. … Because we at least still have our Religious Freedom.”
The Satanic Temple demands that the FDA grant unfettered access to abortifacients (abortion drugs) for its religious use.
… Because we at least still have our Religious Freedom#roevswade #AbortionIsHealthcare #ReproductiveJustice pic.twitter.com/Yjgcl5RX4r
— Lucien Greaves (@LucienGreaves) September 1, 2021
“Abortion laws in TX violate our religious rights and TST has taken legal action. If TX judges abide by the Constitution and legal precedent, then those who share our deeply held beliefs will be exempt from the state’s inappropriate efforts to restrict access to abortion services,” the organization added.
Abortion laws in TX violate our religious rights and TST has taken legal action. If TX judges abide by the Constitution and legal precedent, then those who share our deeply held beliefs will be exempt from the state’s inappropriate efforts to restrict access to abortion services.
— The Satanic Temple (@satanic_temple_) September 2, 2021
Greaves also blasted the state of Texas and the hypocrisy of Republican politicians who forced their personal and draconian religious beliefs onto a nonconsenting population.
“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,” Greaves, said on Friday in a statement emailed to The San Antonio Current. >“The battle for abortion rights is largely a battle of competing religious viewpoints, and our viewpoint that the nonviable fetus is part of the impregnated host is fortunately protected under Religous Liberty laws.”