SATANIC TEMPLE SAYS ABORTION LAWS VIOLATE ITS RELIGIOUS RIGHTS BY PROMOTING CHRISTIAN BELIEFS

Missouri’s Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in a case brought by the activist group the Satanic Temple to challenge requirements for women seeking abortions.

The Massachusetts-based Satanic Temple filed a lawsuit against the state of Missouri on religious grounds, arguing that a statute for women seeking to terminate their pregnancies promotes the Christian viewpoint that life begins with conception.

Women seeking abortions in Missouri must be offered an ultrasound to hear the fetal heartbeat, receive informed consent booklets that claim human life begins at conception, and wait 72 hours in order to receive an abortion, according to the statute. The Satanic Temple argues that these rules infringe on the religious freedom of people who do not hold this Christian view of conception.

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