Satanic Temple member fights Missouri abortion restrictions - KCTV5 News

Satanic Temple member fights Missouri abortion restrictions

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (KCTV/AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court is considering whether some of the state's abortion restrictions violate the religious beliefs of a woman who is part of the Satanic Temple.

An attorney for the anonymous woman on Tuesday asked judges to block Missouri's mandatory three-day waiting period for abortions and a requirement that doctors providing abortions give women a booklet that says "the life of each human being begins at conception."

The doctors must also offer an ultrasound and give women an opportunity to hear the fetal heartbeat.

The woman in the lawsuit, only listed as Mary Doe, was told she had to wait 72 hours after her first appointment. 

She said she was given paperwork that said life starts at conception. 

Members of the Satanic Temple don't believe in a literal Satan but see the biblical Satan as a metaphor for rebellion against tyranny.

“Part of our beliefs as Satanists is that the body – our body – is inviable; subject to our own will alone," said Jex Blackmore. 

Attorney James MacNaughton says the abortion restrictions conflict with his client's beliefs, which are to follow scientific understanding of the world.

In response to the lawsuit, the Kansas City Coalition for life said: 

"If the material is against a woman's religious beliefs, she can simply toss it aside and make her decision. No one is forcing her to make a decision that she doesn't want to make. "

The group also said the 72-hour waiting period in Missouri is a safety measure. 

It could take months before the justices make the opinions public. 

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