An anti-Christ religious organization joined the growing number of groups that oppose Texas’s latest abortion ban.
The Texas Heartbeat Act took effect on September 1 and prohibits abortion from six weeks into pregnancy, when a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
The new rule caused significant outcry from pro-choice groups that resorted to judicial means to let abortion procedures continue in the Lone Star State.
The Satanic Temple confirmed it is also joining the legal battle. The organization from Salem, Massachusetts wants to use the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to classify terminating pregnancies as one of many “rituals” that form part of Satanic beliefs.
“Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton—who famously spends a good deal of his time composing press releases about religious liberty issues in other states—will be proud to see that Texas’s robust religious liberty laws, which he so vociferously champions, will prevent future abortion rituals from being interrupted by superfluous government restrictions meant only to shame and harass those seeking an abortion,” Satanic Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves said in a statement obtained by the Independent.
RFRA legislation was originally created to let Native Americans use drugs in religious ceremonies. The group urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to let followers at least use abortion pills Misoprostol and Mifepristone. These drugs can be taken up to nine weeks into pregnancy.
Greaves claimed the abortion law fight is all about religious views. He admitted Satanists value bodily autonomy and science above all else.
The Texas Heartbeat Act allows private citizens to sue abortion service providers that help women bypass government restrictions for a $10,000 reward.
The governor believes the legislation will protect the right of countless infants to live a full life.
“Our creator endowed us with the right to life, and yet millions of children lose their right to life every year because of abortion,” Abbott said in a video shared on Facebook. “In Texas, we work to save those lives.”
The legislation allows no exceptions for pregnancy caused by rape or incest, although it does grant allowances for proven medical emergencies.
Pro-life advocates applauded the bill for ending abortion-related human rights violations.
“Right now in the great state of Texas, every single child with a detectable heartbeat is legally protected from being killed by the violence of abortion,” Live Action founding president Lila Rose said according to the Wall Street Journal. “This is a historic step forward for basic human rights but more progress must be made.”