Planned Parenthood in Missouri has found a perfect partner in their efforts to expand abortion services in the state.
The Satanic Temple recently joined in a lawsuit by Planned Parenthood fighting new abortion regulations set by the state. The nation’s largest abortion provider may not be happy that the Satanists’ reasoning for their right to kill babies sounds exactly like theirs.
Missouri’s tough new requirements for abortion clinics had caused most to close. In fact, until recently, only one clinic was left operating in the entire state. Now, Planned Parenthood has opened a second clinic, with plans to open more.
That is because both Planned Parenthood and members of the Satanic Temple both participated in a lawsuit against the state of Missouri over their abortion regulations. The judge ruled in their favor, so the abortion clinics are now popping up.
The Satanists are vocal pro-abortion supporters, and even state on their website: “The Satanic Temple (TST) supports personal choice in the context of abortion and, as part of a multi-faceted Women’s Rights campaign, TST is offering religious exemptions from arbitrary, insulting, and outright harmful anti-abortion legislation that has been steadily encroaching across the nation.”
Planned Parenthood has battled against state regulations requiring abortion clinics to meet the same surgical center standards as full hospitals and for their doctors to have hospital privileges, and in April a federal court sided with the abortion giant.
U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs granted a preliminary injunction invalidating requirements for the state’s abortion clinics to meet standards for surgical centers and for their doctors to have hospital privileges, citing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down similar restrictions in Texas, which deemed those laws unnecessary and unconstitutional.
The Satanic Temple has often lent its muscle to pro-abortion efforts alongside Planned Parenthood, and in this case has pressured Missouri legislators and worked through the courts to bring about a relaxing of abortion restrictions, according to reports. One of the Temple’s fundamental tenets is that “One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.”
On Monday, the Satanic Temple argued in a Missouri court that the state’s abortion restrictions violate members’ rights to free religious practice. The organization challenged two Missouri laws: one that requires patients to look at anti-abortion literature and another that obliges them to wait 72 hours between their initial consultations and second appointments for their abortions.
Satanic Temple members have argued that their religion prizes rational, independent thought and that forcing Satanists to read anti-abortion pamphlets and “consider a religious proposition with which they do not agree” during the 72-hour waiting period constitutes a violation of their beliefs.
For years the Satanic Temple has been involved with lawsuits in Missouri fighting abortion regulations. The group also attempted to procure a religious waiver for a female Satanist who sought to circumvent the 72-hour requirement under pretense that it violated her religion. A judge eventually threw out the case because the woman was no longer pregnant.
Since Planned Parenthood makes most of its money from abortion services, it appears they will accept any ally to help them protect their best revenue generator.