The Satanic Temple has announced they will open a “religious medical services clinic” to provide abortions in New Mexico.
Since the Supreme Court’s 2022 ruling on Roe v. Wade last year, the Satanic Temple has been on the battlefield with Democrats.
Not long after the ruling, the Satanic Temple released a statement vowing to fight in court for the right to “religious abortion.”
According to satanists’ beliefs, abortion is a “religious” sacrament.
As Fox News reported:
TST Health, the new medical services arm of the nontheistic religious organization, will provide telehealth screenings and appointments to provide abortion pills to patients. These services will be provided free of charge as part of The Satanic Temple’s “abortion ritual,” though patients must still pay for the medications from a pharmacy, which typically cost around $90, according to the TST Health website.
The New Mexico facility will be operated by licensed medical staff and will make its services available to state residents who are at least 17 years old, up to 11 weeks pregnant and medically eligible for an abortion.
“In 1950, Samuel Alito’s mother did not have options, and look what happened,” said Malcolm Jarry, a co-founder of The Satanic Temple.
“Prior to 1973, doctors who performed abortions could lose their licenses and go to jail. The clinic’s name serves to remind people just how important it is to have the right to control one’s body and the potential ramifications of losing that right.”
Co-founded by Jarry and Lucien Graves, the Satanic Temple met requirements to receive government benefits and privileges as a religious organization.
It states its mission is to “encourage benevolence and empathy, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense, oppose injustice, and undertake noble pursuits.”
The Satanic Temple expressed hopes to expand its abortion operations into other states, and is campaigning for abortion to be part of a religious sacrament protected under the First Amendment and federal law.
“TST is proud to expand reproductive options for our members. This is just the beginning,” said Erin Helian, executive director of campaigns.
“We will remain steadfast as we continue the fight to uphold reproductive justice in the United States.”