Satanists are challenging Texas' draconian abortion laws on the grounds of religious freedom.
The Satanic Temple, which is based on the other side of America in Massachusetts, has filed a letter informing the US Food and Drug Administration that abortion is a faith-based right of its members.
The group has cited legislation introduced in 1993 to argue against the southern state's outlawing of abortions after six weeks.
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was created to allow Native Americans access to peyote for use in rituals, Fortune reports.
Now the Satanic Temple says their members are protected by the RFRA, in their ability to access abortion pills Misoprostol and Mifepristone without regulatory action.
Satanic Temple spokesperson, Lucien Greaves suggested it would be hypocritical for Texas lawmakers to not grant Temple members their religious freedoms.
He said in a statement: "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."
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Greaves continued: "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."
Since September 1, the Texas Heartbeat Act has prohibited abortions after six weeks of pregnancy while empowering and encouraging people to report anyone who “aids and abets” an abortion.
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The only restrictions to the rule are in the event of certified medical emergencies, meaning rape victims have no choice but to give birth to their attacker's offspring.
The Satanic Temple was founded in 2013 serves “to encourage benevolence and empathy, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense, oppose injustice and undertake noble pursuits,” its mission statement says.
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