The Satanic Temple has joined the legal dispute to block or overturn Texas ’new abortion law. This law, which the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block this week, bans medical proceedings after six weeks, including cases of rape and incest.
The Salem, Massachusetts-based Temple filed a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration arguing that its Texas members should have legal access to abortion pills. The group’s lawyers argue that its status as a non-theistic religious organization should guarantee access to abortion as a faith-based right.
In the letter, Temple argues that abortion pills Misoprostol and Mifepristone should be available for use through the Restoration of Religious Freedom Act, which protects the use of peyote by Native Americans in the United States. religious rituals. The Temple says these same rights should apply to the drugs it uses for its own rituals.
“I’m sure Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who famously spends much of his time writing press releases on issues related to religious freedom in other states, will be proud to see that Texas’ robust laws of religious freedom, that he advocates so loudly, they will avoid Future abortion rituals will not be interrupted by superfluous government restrictions that only meant embarrassing and harassing those who want to abort, “said Lucien Greaves, spokesman and co-founder of the Temple, in a statement by email.
“The battle for abortion rights is largely a battle of competing religious views, and our view that the unviable fetus is part of the impregnated host is fortunately protected under the laws of religious freedom. “Greaves added.
Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case filed by the Temple to overturn Missouri abortion laws.
However, the organization – an atheist church recognized by the IRS with 300,000 members – has filed lawsuits in several states to highlight the religious scope. In one of the highest profiles, the organization argues that a bronze statue of the Baphomet goat-headed entity should be allowed to be placed in the Arkansas Capitol, as the state exhibits a monument to the Ten Commandments.
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