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Satanic Temple’s Lawsuit Claiming Right to ‘Abortion Rituals’ Dismissed

The efforts of The Satanic Temple to use religious freedom as a means to challenge abortion laws in Texas have been thwarted. Judge Charles Eskridge of the Southern District of Texas recently dismissed a lawsuit filed by The Satanic Temple on behalf of “Ann Doe” which argued that Texas’ strict abortion laws violated their “right to a religious accommodation…to engage in the abortion ritual.”

This is not the first time that such an attempt has been made by The Satanic Temple. They had previously attempted to do so in Missouri but failed there too.

The lawsuit was based around the idea that “TST has a constitutional right under the Texas Constitution to the free exercise of their religious practices, including the abortion ritual” and “First Amendment ‘conduct’, including TST’s religious abortion ritual, is not permitted to be the target of civil actions filed under SB8″.

In his ruling, Judge Eskridge noted how vague and cryptic Ann Doe’s complaint was and criticized her lawyers for their “performative and obstinate conduct” throughout. He also concluded that any further attempts at re-pleading would be futile due to these shortcomings.

The Gateway Pundit reported:

“SB8’s ban on abortions after six weeks infringes upon our members’ rights to engage with their chosen religion and to participate in religious rites and rituals,” The Satanic Temple’s Director of Campaign Operations Erin Helian said in a press release provided to The Gateway Pundit at the time of the filing. “In accordance with our Third Tenet, The Satanic Temple will push back against the Texas legislature’s violation of our members’ bodily autonomy and freedom of choice.”

Judge Charles Eskridge dismissed the case earlier this month, calling the complaint “spare and unusually cryptic.”

“For instance, The Satanic Temple is alleged to be ‘a religion,’” Judge Eskridge wrote. “But what its belief structure entails and how Texas law was applied against it isn’t meaningfully explained. Also unstated is how those laws impacted Ann Doe herself, who is included in the caption, but about whom nothing more is said.”

The judge also asserted that the organization was acting in “bad faith” and that “any repleading at this stage would manifest undue prejudice to a range of current and former Defendants who still have little clue as to the exact nature of the claims brought in this case. The Court is also of the firm belief that any further attempt at repleading would be futile, given that Attorney Kezhaya’s filings become more conclusory, reductive, and intemperate over time, in line with his performative and obstinate conduct to date.”

Judge Eskridge concluded that the “amended complaint is willfully inadequate and deficient. It fails for jurisdictional reasons and would also likely fail for insufficient pleading of the merits. Plaintiffs will not be given leave to replead.”

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7 Responses

  1. Satan is not a religious person it is vile evil, has no protection under religion, common sense use it and murder under the guise of abortion is Murder those doing it those having it done need to be held accountable for Murder, yes in the beginning they convinced women it was their right, it is Not, and women no better they can pretend but it is Murder, use protection their is so much out there no excuse to become pregnant, and the mail is just as responsible for that as the woman, you play you pay.

  2. Fu** the Evil Satanist, you want to have abortion rituals?
    Try facing some very angry Texas patriots who’ll beat Hell out of you and leave all you Evil Demonic worshipping Demons lying on the ground without medical attention, then you can meet your false god.

  3. Satanists are so deceived. They think they will party in hell. NOT! The Lake of Fire is no paradise.
    Satan doesn’t need either a temple or worshippers. He lives in the souls of the wicked. Wherever there is evil, Satan is there.

  4. What have the Woke people done to this nation? We have Stain, Gays, Rapists, killers, theifs, thugs, arsonists, all fighting to get the top spot in the news. Then we have a corrupted Executive Wing, DOJ, FBI, Senate, and House no longer working for the people, of the people, and by the people, they are working against us? Why does Biden get away with basic Treason, taking bribes from all over the world while as a Senator, as a VP< and now as POTUS and he gets away with it. He is a vial, corrupt, without morals old fool that does not belong there. Now we have Devil Worship members that want to sacrifice (abortions) on their alter? Where did this come from the uncontrolled and never ending flow of illegals being brought into this nation. Why are our veterans being kicked out of their lodging so that illegals can take it. They destroy and suck the life out of everything around them. My God, what is happening to his nation, we must be the laughing stock of the world already and i my opnion one of three things will happen: 1. WE will be attacked from within by the illegals, 2. People will rise up and cause a Constitutional crisis, or 3. This nation will start building walls for safety. This cannot continue the way it is today.

    1. I shudder to think what our forefathers would have done to these fools and foolettes.

  5. Truthfully stated of things going on & disregard for Gods word has brought this to us.

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