- Citing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Satanic Temple members have requested access to “abortion pills without having to jump through regulatory hoops,” from the FDA.
- The FDA request intends to get around the new Texas law that prohibits abortions starting six weeks after conception before most women are even aware they are pregnant.
- “While legal scholars wring their hands over Texas lawmakers‘ attack on Roe v. Wade, Satanists are using a creative approach to allow women in Texas access to abortions: religious freedom,” the Temple stated.
Aaron Keller from Law&Crime writes:
“Citing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a group of Satanists are asking the Food and Drug Administration for access to “abortion pills without having to jump through regulatory hoops,” the group announced Friday.
The Salem, Mass.-based The Satanic Temple indicated that the request was designed to take aim at a Texas abortion ban that took effect this week. The Texas law prohibits abortions starting approximately six weeks after conception, and it relies on private parties for enforcement — thus making it difficult for federal courts to intervene.
“While legal scholars wring their hands over Texas lawmakers[‘] attack on Roe v. Wade, Satanists are using creative approach to allow women in Texas access to abortions: religious freedom,” the Temple said in a news release. “For a few years now the Satanic Temple has been using its status as a religion to argue that access to abortion is a faith-based right.”
The group noted that last year, the Supreme Court refused to hear a case brought by the Temple which sought to overturn Missouri’s abortion laws.
“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,” said Satanic Temple spokesperson Lucien Greaves…”
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