The Satanic Temple, which is officially recognized as a church by the Internal Revenue Service, plans to take on Texas’ new anti-abortion law upheld last week by the Supreme Court by arguing that restrictions on such medical procedures interfere with its right to religious freedom.
KHOU in Houston reports:
The Satanic Temple is challenging the new Texas law that bans abortion after roughly six weeks and allows private citizens to sue providers and collect a bounty.
The Massachusetts-based organization, which is tax-exempt and describes itself as a “non-theistic church,” argues its members in Texas should be exempt from Senate Bill 8 under the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which bans government from infringing on religion.
“The Satanic Temple stands ready to assist any member that shares its deeply-held religious convictions regarding the right to reproductive freedom,” wrote the group on its website. “Accordingly, we encourage any member who resides in Texas and wishes to undergo the Satanic Abortion Ritual within the first 24 weeks of pregnancy to contact The Satanic Temple so we may help them fight this law directly.”