Lawyers for TST sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to request that TST be able to access abortifacients without being subjected to the agency’s regulations. Normally, access to Misoprostol (a first-trimester abortifacient) requires a prescription, and Mifepristone(the second drug in the medical abortion regimen) can only be obtained through an approved prescriber and can only be dispensed in accordance with specific guidelines. However, TST has requested that we can directly supply Satanists who wish to undergo an abortion in a religious context with these abortifacients.
TST has every desire to ensure the health and safety of its membership; the issue is with governmental control over whether TST’s membership can obtain access to these drugs. TST’s ritual requires a medical examination to determine whether there are “contraindications” to obtaining an abortion as defined by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists or the American Academy of Family Physicians. A Satanist then returns directly to TST with a physician’s certification that there are no contraindications, and TST will directly supply the member with the abortifacients so that they may participate in the ritual.
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was instigated and enacted to assure Native Americans could have unfettered access to peyote for their religious rituals. Consistent with this purpose, TST wants unfettered access to abortifacients for its religious use. Given that peyote is a Schedule I drug with no accepted medical use, TST’s request for access to prescription drugs is even more reasonable to be granted under Federal law.
TST announces the religious abortion ritual.
TST appeals the Judy Doe case to the
TST releases the Informed Consent Database, the most comprehensive directory ever written on state-by-state abortion restrictions, regulations and laws.
Justice Amy Coney Barret, a prolific anti-abortion judge, is sworn into the Supreme Court.
TST files motion to disqualify Justice Amy Coney Barrett from ruling on TST’s Abortion Case at the Supreme Court because TST questioned her ability to remain impartial.
TST posts billboards in Miami, Houston, and Dallas to promote the religious abortion ritual.
TST opposes Ohio’s unconstitutional burial requirements for fetal remains and vows to defend members from legal recourse by the state.
TST sues Lamar Advertising Company on the grounds of religious discrimination for refusing to post billboards in Indiana and Arkansas.
TST sues Texas when they refused to grant a TST member performing the religious abortion ritual exemptions from unnecessary and unscientific abortion restrictions.
Texas signs into law one of America’s most restrictive abortion measures, banning procedure as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.
Texas moves to dismiss TST’s case.
TST announces it will provide its own religious counseling services as an alternative to mandated state counseling.
TST hosts Religious Reproductive Rights Rally in Utah.
TST demands FDA grant unrestricted access to abortion drugs for members participating in religious abortion ritual.
Significant challenges and threats to reproductive freedoms lay ahead - the imposition of abortion restrictions throughout the country has been steadily and continually increasing. In 2021 alone, over 90 different laws have been passed across the country seeking to restrict abortion access. And as certain states look towards the Supreme Court to overturn Roe V. Wade, reproductive freedoms face a significant threat. With TST's immediate actions to protect reproductive freedoms for our members, we are able to preserve access to abortions for Satanists across the country.
We must accept the fact that traditional efforts to protect reproductive rights have failed. Religions have special privileges under the First Amendment and RFRA. The Satanic Temple is utilizing these privileges to protect our religious belief in bodily autonomy - we’re taking our fight to the next level.
As the courts affirm the rights of religious organizations to practice their faith, TST is demanding our religious rights to abortion access without unnecessary state interference.
Support TST as we continue our efforts to advocate for TST
members’ religious reproductive freedom and institute new initiatives to
expand religious reproductive rights access.
TST will launch our own religious family planning counseling services in place of state-required counseling services that patients must receive prior to an abortion. Due to the religious protections under U.S. law, those who utilize our counseling services should be exempt from complying with other mandated abortion restrictions, such as waiting periods, receiving unscientific information and reading materials, and compulsory sonograms that serve no medical purpose. These restrictions unnecessarily inhibit a patient’s access to the procedure with no beneficial health outcome.
TST’s counseling services are designed to provide accurate information about abortion and provide religious emotional support. Often, states impart inaccurate information to prospective patients to dissuade them from obtaining an abortion. TST’s counseling service will be rooted in providing the best available scientific research about the relative safety of the procedure and an affirmation of our beliefs in bodily autonomy and scientifically-reasoned personal choice.
As we anticipate that we will encounter opposition, we need your support to make this alternative option available.
Join us at the Utah State Capitol as we celebrate our accomplishments and announce new efforts by which The Satanic Temple aims to protect religious abortion access for our members.
When: Saturday, September 25th, from 2 PM to 5 PM MT
Where: South Steps of Utah’s Capitol Building
350 State St., Salt Lake City, UT 84103
Join us in our continued efforts to preserve religious reproductive rights. TST’s religious exemptions from abortion restrictions come with associated operations and legal costs, and we greatly appreciate your support for our efforts. Through fundraising and grassroots support, we can work together to achieve a precedent that affirms the permanency of TST’s reproductive care demands. Please consider making a donation today.