The Supreme Court of Missouri has agreed to hear an interesting religious and reproductive liberty case. Brought by "Mary Doe," a member of the Satanic Temple, the case challenges an "informed consent" law requiring a 72-hour waiting period, an ultrasound, and support for statements like "life...begins at conception" before a woman can get an abortion.
"The case would be the first of its kind to be heard by either the Missouri Supreme Court or U.S. Supreme Court," notes the Kansas City Star.
Doe claims the requirements violate her right to religious freedom, as Satanists do not believe that life begins at conception. The first court to hear the case rejected Doe's constitutional claims, but an appeals court last week decided Doe's claims might have merit.
The Satanic Temple's Reproductive Rights Suit Goes to MO Supreme Court
In May of 2015, The Satanic Temple filed two lawsuits against the state of Missouri on behalf of Mary Doe, a pregnant woman seeking an abortion. On religious grounds, we object to the 72-hour waiting period she was forced to endure as well as the mandatory reading material she was given which claims that life begins at conception.
On October 3, 2017, the Missouri Court of Appeals transferred our case to the Missouri State Supreme Court. In their decision, the judges wrote: “We believe this case raises real and substantial constitutional claims.”
This acknowledgment is a huge victory for The Satanic Temple and is very encouraging for all defenders of reproductive rights. We have been funding this lawsuit with our own resources and from contributions of supporters. We greatly need additional contributions to help us continue this legal battle in the State Supreme Court.
To contribute to our legal efforts: <https://thesatanictemple.com/…/religious-reproductive-right…>
To read more about this decision: <http://www.newsweek.com/satanic-temple-pushes-abortion-figh…>
To learn more about these lawsuits: <religiousreproductiverights.com>