There's been an ongoing court battle in Missouri involving a woman who's an active member of the Satanic Temple that has sued in order to obtain an abortion for sacrifice as per her religious beliefs.
Her argument begins with the concept that the State of Missouri’s abortion laws violate her religious freedom; something she intends to change with a Supreme Court decision.
Going only by the name <i>”Mary Doe”</i> in the court records, she argued her religion “does not adhere to the idea that life begins at conception, and, because of that, the prerequisites for an abortion in Missouri are unconstitutionally violating her freedom of religion protected by the First Amendment.”
She has a decent case to support her claims, in some sense, even though I disagree with her abortion and am Pro-Life; this is clearly a well thought out manipulation of loopholes in current laws in order to gain attention.
In 2015 Mary Doe underwent an abortion in the city of St. Louis, where she claims the State’s <i>”Informed Consent ”</i> law was in direct violation of her religious beliefs.
The Informed Consent requires that pregnant women who seek an abortion must first undergo several steps in order to fulfill their demands.
Any woman who wishes to have an abortion must first wait 72 hours between the first visit to the abortion clinic and the final procedure to terminate an unborn child's life, must watch an ultrasound of the baby, and also must sign a written consent form and pamphlet that includes the line, “The life of each human being begins at conception. Abortion will terminate the life of a separate, unique, living human being.”
The last part is clearly a pro-life message, which I personally agree with in the sense that abortion is murder. There's nothing controversial about that. It's simply a fact, <i>abortion is murder</i>.
According to Miss Doe, she refused to hear the baby's heartbeat and was made to “feel guilt and shame because of it.”
That's unfortunate that she feels shame and guilt, considering she was responsible for taking a baby's life.
I'm all for the <i>”it's your body”</i> idea simply because I don't believe in big governance however it doesn't change the fact that you're a murderer and a degenerate and you won't get any sympathy from me.
The Western District Court of Appeals actually agrees with the woman however, writing that the Constitutional Challenge by Miss Doe gives “a contested matter of right that involves fair doubt and reasonable room for disagreement.”
Miss Doe however says, “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.
The court added, “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.”
Judge Thomas Newton handed down the unanimous ruling, now sending the case forward into higher courts.
“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,” the court wrote.
“Because we believe that this case raises real and substantial constitutional claims, it is within the Missouri Supreme Court’s exclusive jurisdiction…” Newton wrote, “and we hereby order its transfer.”
The Satanic Temple doesn't actually worship Satan or any specific deity; albeit they have long since used images that are considered offensive such as Baphomet to trigger public outcry and gain attention.
The official stance of the Satanic Temple is “to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice, and be directed by the human conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by the individual will.”
Doe wants the inclusions to the State’s informed consent policy abolished.
“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,” wrote Doe.
We shall soon see how the higher courts rule on this matter, as it is now slated for the Missouri Supreme Court.
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This sounds like an interesting idea. I wonder how long until someone argues that abortion is a first amendment issue too.
I am NOT a member of any Satanic church, Lavoy or otherwise… but they don't do the ritual sacrifice thing. Their whole schtick is "do whatever you want to that doesn't hurt anyone else, and also wear inverted christian imagery to piss off your parents."
Also, the article quickly shifts into an opinion based editorial… the only reason I came here in the first place is a friend linked this site to me. Now I know to avoid it in the future.