AUSTIN – Among the challenges facing Texas’ new “heartbeat law” is one of The Satanic Temple, whose legal counsel warns the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that members should of continuing to have access to drugs that cause abortion under the state’s religious medicine. exemption.
The Satanic Temple (TST), which is recognized as a religion by the Internal Revenue Service, holds the Restoration of Religious Freedom Act. which allows Native Americans to have access to drugs for religious rituals also applies to Satanists.
Federal law is based on a section of the Fourteenth Amendment that the courts have interpreted to require state compliance with the First Amendment. Since then, Congress has amended the religious freedom law so that it only applies to federal entities, including the FDA. But the state also has a religious medical exemption and TST says it has asked officials to follow it in this case.
“Normally, access to Misoprostol requires a prescription and Mifepristone can only be obtained through an authorized prescriber and can only be dispensed according to specific guidelines,” the religion says on its website. “TST has requested that we be able to directly supply Satanists who want to have an abortion in a religious context with these abortionists.”
Misoprostol is a drug used during the first trimester of pregnancy to induce an abortion. Mifepristone is the second drug used in the abortion medical regimen.
TST describes taking medication as a ritual. If the FDA exemption is granted, the temple says members of the religion should undergo a medical examination and medical certification before the religious organization directly supplies them with abortion pills.
According to the fundamental principles contained on the website of religion, “the body is inviolable, it is only subject to its own will.”
At least one Texas Republican elected official, State Senator Angela Paxton, is already using the Satanic Temple petition as ammunition in her latest donation launch.
“As horrible as it sounds, top abortion advocates literally worship Satan,” Paxton, the wife of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, wrote in her request for a donation. “Now more than ever, the pro-life movement must unite to be a voice for the unborn and a force for good. This is a battle of good against evil.”
According to its website, and despite its name, The Satanic Temple does not actually worship Satan, nor do its members believe in the supernatural. He also says members do not promote evil.
“The Satanic Temple believes that religion can and should be divorced from superstition,” says a FAQ posted on its website. “As such, we do not promote belief in a personal Satan.”
The Satanic Temple has a history of challenging restrictions on abortion in Texas.
Late last year, he posted a billboard in Dallas that said “Abortion saves lives.”
Recently, religion has also offered to fund legal fees for anyone sued to help or incite abortion under Senate Bill 8.