Missouri has significant restrictions
on abortion, but Planned Parenthood, along with Missouri Satanists, are
working to change that.
According to Slate.com, Missouri has enacted muslitple laws restricting
abortion, including mandating a 72-hour waiting period for an abortion,
requiring abortion clinics to obtain hospital admittance privileges for
patients, and requiring that patients be notified that “abortion will
terminate the life of a separate, unique, living human being.”
Planned Parenthood is working to get these restrictions overturned, and
members of the Satanic Temple are helping.
In 2015, a pregnant Satanist went to court to argue that requiring her
to travel to a clinic twice (once for the initial appointment and once
after the 72-hour waiting period to get the abortion) placed an undue
financial burden on her. She also argued that the abortion restrictions
hamper her “sincerely held religious beliefs” that her body is
Although the case was ultimately tossed out because the plaintiff was no
longer pregnant, the Satanists efforts, along with those of Planned
Parenthood, have caused Missouri to relax some of its abortion
Two new abortion clinics have opened and others will likely follow suit.
Before this month, Missouri only had one operating abortion clinic.