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Satanists want to use Hobby Lobby decision to exempt women from anti-abortion laws

6:04 pm - 07/29/2014

In a statement, the Satanic Temple said that it will use the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision to exempt its believers from state-mandated informed consent laws that require women considering abortions to read pro-life material.

Informed consent or “right to know” laws state that women seeking elective abortions be provided with information about alternatives to the procedure, often couched in language that attempts to personify the fetus. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 35 states currently have informed consent laws, and of those, 33 require that the woman be told the gestational age of the fetus.

In some states, that information consists of pro-life propaganda that links abortion to a higher incidence of breast and ovarian cancers, or discusses “post-abortion syndrome,” a mental condition not recognized by any major medical or psychiatric organization.

Because the Satanic Temple bases its belief “regarding personal health…on the best scientific understanding of the world, regardless of the religious or political beliefs of others,” it claims that state-mandated information with no basis in scientific fact violates its “religious” beliefs.

Spokesperson Lucien Greaves said that the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision bolsters their case. “While we feel we have a strong case for an exemption regardless of the Hobby Lobby ruling,” he said, “the Supreme Court has decided that religious beliefs are so sacrosanct that they can even trump scientific fact. This was made clear when they allowed Hobby Lobby to claim certain contraceptives were abortifacients, which in fact they are not.”

The Satanic Temple set up a website where women seeking an abortion can print out a letter for her healthcare provider explaining why she is exempt from informed consent mandates.

The letter reads that “[a]ll women who share our deeply held belief that their personal choices should be made with access to the best available information, undiluted by biased or false information, are free to seek protection with this exemption whether they are members of the Satanic Temple or not.”

Raw Story
angi_is_altered 30th-Jul-2014 12:41 pm (UTC)
And on this day every woman became a Satanist!
lafinjack 30th-Jul-2014 01:01 pm (UTC)
Except for Anne Coulter; she converted to Fuckyouism.
moonshaz 30th-Jul-2014 07:20 pm (UTC)

Edited at 2014-07-30 07:21 pm (UTC)
lastrega 30th-Jul-2014 01:08 pm (UTC)
Go Satanists!
mutive 30th-Jul-2014 01:12 pm (UTC)
Time to convert!
thesilverymoon 30th-Jul-2014 02:07 pm (UTC)
brb converting to Satanism.
I mean, I'm already an atheist, might as well go ahead and go that extra mile.
anguisel 30th-Jul-2014 02:16 pm (UTC)
Guess it's time to become a Satanist. Now it makes me wonder about the people who peddle this stuff would react if I responded with that since saying I'm not interested/I'm not religious seems to be code to them to push harder. At least then I could say 'I'm not pushing the glories of the Horned One upon your soul to tempt you into corruption, not all people want or need redemption and I am one of them' just to see them squirm.
moonshaz 30th-Jul-2014 07:24 pm (UTC)
not all people want or need redemption and I am one of them'

seishin 31st-Jul-2014 04:05 am (UTC)
I just tried to 'like' this comment. :D
bleed_peroxide 30th-Jul-2014 08:11 pm (UTC)
I don't typically identify as a Satanist to others because it comes across is horrifically try-hard if you state it outright. But truth be told, the "religion" is actually atheistic in nature, more focused on the self and becoming your own god, you could say. You are God, you are Satan - rituals are more a form of self-therapy, in which you create your own magic. Satanist don't truly worship Satan, and you might be surprised by how logical and sane it is, despite all the frenzied press it often gets.

I was happily surprised to find that the philosophies align very close with my own, even if I don't often state outright that I identify as Satanic unless I'm pestered. I'll admit the idea people get that you literally worship the Devil can be a great tool to fuck around with them if they're pushing their religion too hard.
anguisel 31st-Jul-2014 01:32 am (UTC)
It just amazes me that between the two, the one religion that we were raised to believe what you stated is the one that actually seems to care about the big picture. It does make me wonder how these people would react if the rapture did happen, demons poured out of the ground and they found they got left behind and get verbally bitchsmacked by any angel they see about these are the reasons you weren't raptured.

Joking though, I've always been of the mind that if the Apocalypse did happen, I'd try to make bank on being a demon's secretary or something. I won't believe that all of them are caught up on technology and them claws wouldn't be good for swiping around on an iphone.
sephirajo 30th-Jul-2014 02:31 pm (UTC)
Even though this is insanely wrong to say as a practicing Catholic, I adore the snot out of these guys and their pushing for actual justice on issues like this. :D GO TEAM SATAN.
lafinjack 30th-Jul-2014 07:15 pm (UTC)
Have you gotten better at Catholicing after practicing for so long?
sephirajo 30th-Jul-2014 07:20 pm (UTC)
LOL. Yeah, that is a phrase that makes no sense, isn't it?
lafinjack 30th-Jul-2014 07:25 pm (UTC)
sephirajo 30th-Jul-2014 07:33 pm (UTC)
*shakes fist* YOU WIN THIS ROUND, Lafinjack!
lafinjack 30th-Jul-2014 08:36 pm (UTC)
mirhanda 31st-Jul-2014 02:02 am (UTC)
It doesn't make sense only if you have no idea what the word "practice" means. If you do, it makes perfect sense.

noun: practice

the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method as opposed to theories about such application or use.
"the principles and practice of teaching"
sephirajo 31st-Jul-2014 03:10 am (UTC)
Wow, thanks for the dictionary lesson. =__= I knew what it meant, I was playing along for the pun. Thank you for throwing semantics at my head thereby ruining the joke.
lafinjack 31st-Jul-2014 11:31 am (UTC)
sephirajo 2nd-Aug-2014 04:15 pm (UTC)
I've mourned our joke. I don't know what to do now!
lafinjack 2nd-Aug-2014 06:26 pm (UTC)


sephirajo 2nd-Aug-2014 06:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, Laffinjack, be my spacespouce. We will have adventures.
lafinjack 2nd-Aug-2014 06:35 pm (UTC)
I'm even a space minister!
sephirajo 2nd-Aug-2014 06:39 pm (UTC)
lafinjack 2nd-Aug-2014 07:05 pm (UTC)
I'll call the Conclave and let them know.
sephirajo 2nd-Aug-2014 07:06 pm (UTC)
lafinjack 2nd-Aug-2014 07:30 pm (UTC)
bethan_b_bad 31st-Jul-2014 10:38 pm (UTC)
...It was a joke, settle down.
lafinjack 1st-Aug-2014 12:07 am (UTC)
shhh_its_s3cr3t 30th-Jul-2014 02:44 pm (UTC)
I wonder what a God face-palming right now would actually look like? Is Satan giving him the two thumbs up?

GO TEAM SATAN! :) Keep on making more sense than ever....
wrestlingdog 30th-Jul-2014 04:11 pm (UTC)
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scolaro 30th-Jul-2014 06:21 pm (UTC)
Because the Satanic Temple bases its belief “regarding personal health…on the best scientific understanding of the world, regardless of the religious or political beliefs of others,” it claims that state-mandated information with no basis in scientific fact violates its “religious” beliefs.

moonshaz 30th-Jul-2014 07:26 pm (UTC)
I highly approve of this and of the tags used in this post. I would just add one more: "fucking valuable thing."
lafinjack 30th-Jul-2014 08:36 pm (UTC)
valarltd 30th-Jul-2014 10:00 pm (UTC)
Pagans need to be getting on this bandwagon.

I mean hells, the Christians already think we're Satanists. They think feminists are in league with Satan too.

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(I only answer to a lower power on occasion...)
lafinjack 30th-Jul-2014 10:11 pm (UTC)
Would Snoop Dogg also be a higher power?
lolahead 31st-Jul-2014 12:36 pm (UTC)
I must say, Satanists seem to be on top of the injustices more than anyone else. I mean, this country was founded on religious freedom...so go team Satan!
very_veggie 31st-Jul-2014 08:27 pm (UTC)
I think I might enjoy watching this! Hope they have the money to actually push this.
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