Church Of Satan: Pro-Life Laws Violate Our Religious Freedom To Get Abortions

Micaiah Bilger

The Satanic Temple is challenging Missouri state abortion regulations in court this fall, arguing that laws requiring that women be provided information about their unborn babies violate their religious freedom.

The Fader reports the Satanic Temple spokesperson Jex Blackmore announced the lawsuit Friday, another step in a long battle between the group and pro-life leaders in Missouri. The Missouri State Court of Appeals and United State Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit are scheduled to hear the case in September.

Blackmore said the lawsuit is on behalf of “Mary Doe,” a member of The Satanic Temple from Missouri who aborted her unborn baby in 2015 at a Planned Parenthood.

The group alleges that Doe’s religious freedom was trampled upon by the state informed consent laws, which require that women undergo an ultrasound and receive information about their unborn baby’s development, abortion risks and alternatives to abortion. The laws also require that the woman take 72 hours to consider the information and her decision before going through with the abortion.

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