The Satanic Temple (TST) is suing the state of Indiana over its recently passed abortion restriction law, claiming it infringes on the rights of its followers and violates the Constitution.
The lawsuit, filed on September 21, named Indiana Republican Governor Eric Holcomb and Attorney General Todd Rokita as defendants in the legal case.
“Members of TST hold the religious belief that an unwanted zygote, blastocyst, embryo, or nonviable fetus should be removed from the body of a pregnant woman. This belief is grounded in TST Tenet III that a woman’s body is inviolable, subject to her own will alone,” the lawsuit reads.
Among the organization’s seven tenets is also Tenet V which says “beliefs should conform to one’s best scientific understanding of the world.” The lawsuit alleges that “Members of TST hold the religious belief that a zygote, blastocyst, embryo, and nonviable fetus are a part of a woman’s body and not imbued with an existence, humanity, or spiritual life separate and apart from the mother.”