We are now descending into the rabbit hole of New Mexico’s abortion laws, a tale where the Satanic Temple is not only an integral part, but also a driving force.
Yes, the very same Satanic Temple that just lost a lawsuit in Texas, where they claimed that the state’s pro-life laws were infringing on their freedom of religion. A federal judge had the good sense to dismiss their complaint as being “spare and unusually cryptic,” lacking the factual evidence to support their audacious claims. Their religious freedom involves something they call an “abortion ritual.”
That ritual, for those who want to know, “provides spiritual comfort and affirms bodily autonomy, self-worth and freedom from coercive forces with the affirmation of (the Temple’s) Seven Tenets,” according to the Temple’s literature. While providing the abortion pill to women, the Satanic Temple “sanctifies the abortion process by instilling confidence and protecting bodily rights when undergoing the safe and scientific procedure.”
Even more shocking is that in New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s government reportedly guides women seeking to kill their unborn babies toward this Satanic Temple’s TST Health. The New Mexico Alliance for Life brought this unsettling news to light, revealing that women are being referred to TST Health via the state’s taxpayer-funded hotline.
Now let’s pause here for a moment. The Satanic Temple, the same group that failed to convince a judge in Texas that their “abortion rituals” should be protected under the First Amendment, is now effectively being promoted by a state government to provide abortion services.
Let that sink in.
The Satanic Temple has even opened an online clinic, grotesquely named “Samuel Alito’s Mom’s Satanic Abortion Clinic,” offering abortion medication to those living in New Mexico. Alito, you may recall, was the Supreme Court justice who penned the majority opinion in the Dobbs decision, which reversed Roe v. Wade last year and turned abortion law back to the states.
“In 1950, Samuel Alito’s mother did not have options, and look what happened,” commented Malcolm Jarry, a co-founder of The Satanic Temple, explaining why the clinic is named for Alito. What a fiend! (We mean Jarry, as well as Satan.) The New Mexico governor seems to be on board with this initiative, given that the state-funded hotline directs women there.
When confronted with the reality that an unborn child’s heart begins to beat around 21 days and that the child can feel pain in the first trimester, TST Health recites their tenets — “One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone” and “Beliefs should conform to one’s best scientific understanding of the world. One should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit one’s beliefs.”
The Satanists conveniently ignore the inconvenient facts of biology and embryology, starkly contradicting their alleged commitment to scientific understanding. Despite the loss in Texas, where the judge essentially called out their complaint for being willfully inadequate and deficient, TST Health has vowed to appeal.
But the question that everyone should be asking is this: Why is a state government indirectly promoting a group that is trying to hide behind the First Amendment to peddle its abortion rituals? Why are New Mexico taxpayers forced to support a Satanic Temple’s abortion services indirectly? Those are the questions we should all be asking.