[TRIGGER WARNING: ABORTION, ANTI-CHOICE LAWS]
Satanic Temple successfully argues that Missouri’s abortion laws violate their religious freedom
This Tuesday, The Satanic Temple will be arguing their case in front of the Missouri Supreme Court after convincing an appeals court that the state’s mandatory 72-hour waiting period before having an abortion violates their religious freedom.
The Temple is taking up the case of a member they refer to as “Mary Doe,” who claims the law goes against her religious beliefs. The woman contends that back in May of 2015, she was forced to view an ultrasound of her fetus and required to read a booklet that stated life “begins at conception.”
All of this was forced upon her despite the fact that she “adheres to principles of the Satanic temple and has sincerely held religious beliefs different from the information in the informed consent booklet,” according to her case summary.
I mean that headline is kind of a joke, I know that Satanists don't typically worship Satan - it's more of a "worship of the self," following a list of tenets that encourage basic decency and common sense morality. So what I should really say is, Thanks, Satanists. They are being pretty awesome. I look upon their beliefs a bit critically, believing as I do that the whole idea of "intelligence" is largely bullshit and mired in ableist. But god damn that is some good trolling.
And it worked. Check out at the end of the article.
Update, 1/25/18: A local CBS affiliate is reporting that the Temple has prevailed in its showdown with the state of Missouri over its abortion restrictions.
According to 9News, Missouri’s Solicitor General D. John Sauer declared ultrasounds are not required to obtain an abortion in the state.
THEY LITERALLY TOOK DOWN A STATE-WIDE ANTI-CHOICE ULTRASOUND LAW. DO IT. FUCK YEAH. SATANISTS.
I've also read that they're encouraging anyone to claim Satanism in order to fight against these laws or get exemptions from similar anti-choice laws.
I just. It's so beautiful.