The Satanic Temple says they won't comply with new abortion rules requiring burying fetal remains.
The Satanic Temple is going after a new set of rules passed in Texas that would require the burial or cremation of aborted fetal remains, which has been slammed by critics an underhanded way to stop women from having abortions. The Satanic Temple says they wont’ comply with the Texas Department of Health and Human Services’s enforcement because it interferes with their religious beliefs.
“The Texas Department of Health and Human Services plans to enforce new rules that require that fetal tissue must be buried or cremated and can no longer be disposed of in sanitary landfills as they are in every other state,” according to a statement on their website. “The Satanic Temple believes burial rites are a well-established component of religious practice. This is undisputed in the entirety of US legal history. In addition, members of The Satanic Temple believe in the inviolability of the body and, as such, these rules contradict our fundamental beliefs.”
The statement goes on to note that the First Amendment “protects our right to practice our beliefs, and under the Religious Freedom Reform Act (RFRA), the State must present a compelling reason for why they want to enforce rules that inhibit adherence to our religious practices.”
The Satanic Temple claims that Texas has no compelling reason, as the rules were not promoted for health and safety purposes but to “harass and burden” women who want abortions.
“For these reasons, members of The Satanic Temple are not required to comply with the Texas rule on fetal remains,” the statement adds. “Nevertheless, we will require legal support to protect the rights of our members.”
The mission of the Satanic temple is as follows: “The mission of The Satanic Temple is to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice, and be directed by the human conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by the individual will. Politically aware, Civic-minded Satanists and allies in The Satanic Temple have publicly opposed The Westboro Baptist Church, advocated on behalf of children in public school to abolish corporal punishment, applied for equal representation where religious monuments are placed on public property, provided religious exemption and legal protection against laws that unscientifically restrict women’s reproductive autonomy, exposed fraudulent harmful pseudo-scientific practitioners and claims in mental health care, and applied to hold clubs along side other religious after school clubs in schools besieged by proselytizing organizations.”