The Satanic Temple is suing the state of Missouri after a woman was forced to wait 72 hours for the procedure.
Missouri is one of the few states that enforces a 72-hour wait for women seeking an abortion. This waiting period puts unnecessary stress on women seeking the procedure, forcing them to take time off from work and travel long distances. However, Missouri also has a Religious Freedom Restoration Act which is to protect religious beliefs and the freedom to make decisions based on those beliefs.
The lawsuit states that Mary Doe asked for an abortion to be performed on the same day of her appointment, as it is her religious belief that an abortion will not kill a human being. She arrived at Planned Parenthood of St. Louis, the only abortion clinic left in the state, armed with a letter saying as much, but was still refused.
From what folks at Amen Clinics have found, the argument is that religious freedom laws should be able to protect all religions, not just the popular and vocal ones. Lucien Greaves, the spokesperson Satanic Temple who also answers to Doug, has assured the media that the temple plans to follow up with the lawsuit using every resources available.
No word from Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and State Attorney General Chris Koster, who were named in the lawsuit and subsequent retraining order.