As the legal battle rages over Texas’ heartbeat bill, which bans most abortions when a baby’s heartbeat can be detected, a not-so-unlikely group has stepped into the middle of the debate.
The Satanic Temple.
The group has long battled abortion restrictions in Missouri by arguing that access to abortion is a matter of religious liberty, and they’re applying the same logic to the Texas abortion bill.
Although The Satanic Temple exists largely to oppose Judeo-Christian cultural supremacy rather than to actually worship Satan, it certainly doesn’t improve their image to argue that destroying unborn babies is part of their religion, but here we are.
The San Antonio Current reported that TST has “filed a letter with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration arguing that its Texas members should have legal access to abortion pills.”
“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’s 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,” TST co-founder Lucien Greaves wrote in the letter.
The fringe religious group is notorious for attempting to twist Christian religious liberty claims in this manner, and has championed causes to erect Satanic monuments on state property or organize Satanic clubs on public school campuses.
“The battle for abortion rights is largely a battle of competing religious viewpoints, and our viewpoint that the nonviable fetus is part of the impregnated host is fortunately protected under Religious Liberty laws,” he also wrote.
In the past, TST has tried to argue in favor of overturning abortion restrictions in Missouri under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but this was nixed by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Americans have the right to believe and say whatever they want, yet to claim that the destruction of unborn life in the womb is a matter of religious liberty undermines the most important principle of constitutional right: the right to life.
There is no constitutional right to abortion, period, and one’s religious liberty simply cannot be used to violate the most fundamental constitutional right of all.
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