The Satanic Temple is threatening the Texas State Government with a lawsuit, after the Lone Star State passed its anti-abortion law.
The new law prohibits babies to be killed once a heartbeat is detected, which according to experts is in the sixth week of pregnancy.
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote last week, allowed Texas’ controversial abortion bill to take effect.
The law bans the medical procedure after six weeks, including in cases of rape and incest. It also offers $10,000 to private citizens who successfully sue abortion providers or anyone who helped with abortions that violate the law.
According to San Antonio Express News, the Satanic Temple is lobbying against Texas’ new abortion law, saying its members should have access to abortion pills as part of its faith-based right.
The Satanic Temple’s legal counsel filed a letter with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, arguing that its members should be allowed to access abortion pills without regulatory action.
In a statement, Lucien Greaves, the group’s co-founder, told Fortune magazine: “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’ 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.”
Among the Satanic Temple’s seven fundamental tenets, the religion believes that one’s body is “subject to one’s own will alone.” Abortion rituals, which are allowed within the first 24 weeks of pregnancy, are an important part of those beliefs, according to the religion’s website.
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