“The state has essentially established a religious indoctrination program intended to promote a religious viewpoint that life begins at conception,” Blackmore said in a statement. “The law is intended to punish women who disagree with this opinion.”

Missouri is one of seven states that requires a 72-hour waiting period, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights. Other states with similar policies are Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Utah. Missouri's is among the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation.

Previous legal challenges in Missouri have argued that the three-day waiting period creates an undue burden on women to attend multiple appointments and failed. The religious freedom argument is new—as is the Satanic Temple's involvement in the reproductive rights debate. The group is not working with Planned Parenthood, a women's reproductive advocate and abortion services provider.

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