Satanists Claim Abortion Is Part of Their Religion

“The Satanists claim, on the basis of their being an ‘officially recognized’ religion, that they have the right to practice abortion:

The Satanic Temple issued a statement after the court ruling was release insisting that it is recognized by the IRS “as a religion,” and since it considers abortion a religious “ritual,” those procedures must be allowed under federal law.

“TST members should be permitted a religious exception to perform TST’s religious abortion ritual,” the organization stated.

“In states that continue to provide abortion services, we will take steps, including legal action, to ensure our members do not have to endure hindrances to access,” the organization said in a statement. (Italicized emphasis added)

My response to this story was pretty much the same as what yours probably is, dear reader: abhorrence and disgust.  Indeed, anyone who manages to retain any semblance of human normalcy is rightfully repelled and justly nauseated. However, as I thought deeper about this, I realized that in fact the Satanic temple is merely saying what I and others began to say almost immediately after Roe vs. Wade came out: that the whole practice would eventually lead to a ‘right’ to sacrifice any child, and ultimately at any age. It is intriguing that as the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse Roe Vs Wade grew nearer with a clear track of cases indicating it would reverse its decision, that some states moved to make post-birth ‘abortions’ – infanticide – legal.”

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Mark Skidmore is Professor of Economics at Michigan State University where he holds the Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy. His research focuses on topics in public finance, regional economics, and the economics of natural disasters. Mark created the Lighthouse Economics website and blog to share economic research and information relevant for navigating tumultuous times.

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