September 9, 2021

Satanists Sue to Defend Abortion in Texas

  • Flyover Country

By: Konrad Holden

In Brief: 
Last Wednesday, the US Supreme Court opted not to rule on a Texas heartbeat bill that would effectively stop most abortions in the state. US Attorney General Merrick Garland responded by issuing a statement promising that the Department of Justice would “provide support from federal law enforcement when an abortion clinic or reproductive health center is under attack.” Garland and Biden’s DOJ were joined in the fight by an organization called The Satanic Temple who claims the new law violates their religious freedom.

The Background: 
After the Supreme Court voted not to make an emergency injunction against the controversial Texas heartbeat bill and effective abortion ban, leftists came out of the woodwork to scream and defend the practice.

That includes US AG Merrick Garland who was quick to throw the DOJ’s resources into defending abortions in Texas. 

Garland says the “Freedom to Access of Clinic Entrances” Act gives the federal government authority to “protect those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services.” This is mostly aimed at any type of violence which could come against a clinic or woman seeking an abortion in Texas.

But the Satanic Temple, a “nontheistic” organization, has also spoken out saying that their “abortion ritual” qualifies their members to obtain abortion pills as part of their religious expression. 

The group claims that this new law denies them their right to religious freedom as outlined in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed into law by Bill Clinton.

Notable Quotes: 

“The department will provide support from federal law enforcement when an abortion clinic or reproductive health center is under attack.” - US Attorney General Merrick Garland

"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 Religous Liberty laws.” Lucien Greaves, Satanic Temple spokesperson
 

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