ST. LOUIS (AP) – A member of the Satanic Temple is asking a federal appeals court to reinstate her lawsuit challenging Missouri’s “informed consent” law requiring one of the nation’s longest waiting periods for abortions.
The appeal announced Wednesday is to the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. It alleges that the law violates the First Amendment right to religious freedom.
The Missouri Supreme Court in February dismissed the lawsuit.
The Missouri law requires a three-day waiting period; that women must be offered an ultrasound or the opportunity to listen to the fetal heartbeat; and that they must be provided a booklet that reads “the life of each human being begins at conception.”
The Salem, Massachusetts-based Satanic Temple doesn’t believe in a literal Satan but sees the biblical Satan as a metaphor for rebellion against tyranny.