On Thursday, it was announced by ‘The Satanic Temple’ (TST) that they are suing the state of Texas on behalf of a TST member dubbed “Ann Doe” over the state’s abortion laws.
According to a press release from the Satanic organization, it is “suing the state of Texas for imposing medically unnecessary abortion regulations including a sonogram, a forced decision to reject the ‘opportunity’ of seeing the sonogram results, the forced listening to a narrative of the sonogram results, and a mandatory waiting period between the sonogram and the abortion.”
“Doe performed TST’s abortion ritual, a ceremonial affirmation of self-worth and bodily autonomy that integrates the abortive process. Prior to filing the lawsuit, TST’s attorney sent a letter to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, which demanded an exemption from the abortion restrictions on behalf of Ann Doe.”
The entity’s lawyer claims, “The abortion ritual (1) requires an abortion; and (2) affirms her religious subscription to TST’s Third and Fifth Tenets. But before Ms. Doe can get her abortion–and therefore participate in the abortion ritual–the government has required that she get a sonogram… [ These ] requirements substantially interfere with Ms. Doe’s religious beliefs and practices for two reasons. First, the requirements are a precondition to Ms. Doe’s ability to participate in a religious ceremony. It is a substantial interference per se for the state to place a regulatory hurdle–one that costs money–in front of a religious exercise. The state might as well tax and regulate Mass.”
TST later revealed the suit’s purpose, which says “the lawsuit directly challenges restrictive abortion laws that violate TST’s religious beliefs in a state that champions religious [sic] liberty through their implementation of Texas’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”
No Bull – We’re suing Texas.
— The Satanic Temple (@satanic_temple_) February 18, 2021
The lawsuit is not expected to go anywhere. However, the Governor and the Attorney General have not commented.