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Satanic Temple says religious freedoms exempt abortion rights from state laws

Aug 7, 2020

By Larry D. Curtis

The Satanic Temple says its members’ religious rights are exempt from state laws or regulations that hinder access to abortion services.

“TST bases its assertions of abortion mandate exemptions on the protections provided by State Religious Freedom Restoration Acts or RFRA, which generally prohibits the government from substantially interfering with a person’s free exercise of religion,” TST said in a press release. It claims first trimester abortions are religious for its members, so its members cannot be denied access to such procedures.

In 2014 the Supreme Court ruled that business Hobby Lobby had the right to not cover birth control as part of health care for its employees because of its religious beliefs that viewed it as immoral, disregarding a health care law that required it.

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