The Satanic Temple dropped big news this week, announcing an official abortion ritual. This is significant: it allows members of TST to be exempted from oppressive and religiously motivated guidelines for abortion that violate their deeply held convictions.
The official announcement read:
The Satanic abortion ritual provides spiritual comfort and affirms bodily autonomy, self-worth, and freedom from coercive forces with the affirmation of TST’s Seven Tenets. The ritual is not intended to convince a person to have an abortion. Instead, it sanctifies the abortion process by instilling confidence and protecting bodily rights when undergoing the safe and scientific procedure.
The announcement also provides a list of requirements that violate a TST Satanist’s religious rights:
- Mandatory waiting periods.
- The requirement that practitioners withhold certain medical information.
- Compulsory counseling prior to abortion.
- Required reading material.
- Medically unnecessary sonograms.
- Mandatory listening to the fetal heartbeat.
- Compulsory cremation or burial of fetal remains.
The ritual itself is beautiful and simple. For surgical abortions:
Prior to receiving any anesthetic or sedation, look at your reflection to be reminded of your personhood and your responsibility to yourself. Focus on your intent. Take deep breaths, and make yourself comfortable. When you are ready, say the Third Tenet and Fifth Tenet aloud. You may now undergo the surgery. After the surgery is completed and any anesthetic has worn off, return to your reflection and recite your personal affirmation. Feel doubts dissipating and your confidence growing as you have just undertaken a decision that affirms your autonomy and free will. The religious abortion ritual is now complete.
For medical abortions:
Immediately before taking the medication(s) to terminate your pregnancy, look at your reflection to be reminded of your personhood and responsibility to yourself. Focus on your intent, take deep breaths, and make yourself comfortable. When ready, read the Third Tenet aloud to begin the ritual. After swallowing the medication(s), take another deep breath and recite the Fifth Tenet. After you have passed the embryo, return to your reflection, and recite the personal affirmation. Feel doubts dissipating and your confidence growing as you have just undertaken a decision that affirms your autonomy and free will. The religious abortion ritual is now complete.
Watch the video announcement here:
I hope to do a follow up interview with leadership of TST about the satanic abortion ritual in the coming weeks. If you need more information about this ritual, please visit this page.
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