By Jonathon Van Maren
Just weeks into 2021, and abortion is front and center in American politics once again, with more than a dozen pro-life laws surfacing at state legislatures, Biden’s executive orders, and the balance of power tilting once again towards the blood-bloated feticide monopoly Planned Parenthood. And speak of the Devil, the Satanic Temple is at it again as well, this time in Texas.
I’ve followed the pro-abortion efforts of the Satanic Temple in the space for a couple of years. Last August, they launched a campaign claiming that “Satanic Abortions Are Protected By Religious Liberty Laws,” recasting abortion as a religious ritual to do an end-run around state restrictions; in June I detailed how they’re attempting to turn religious liberty laws to their advantage. The weirdest Satanic story of last year was that of a mom who was so triggered by the threat to legal abortion posed by Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death that she joined the Satanic Temple in response.
Texas, of course, represents the Satanic Temple’s attempt to gin up controversy by utilizing maximum offensiveness in a traditionally red state. To that end, the Satanists commissioned a billboard along Interstate 20 in Garland reading “Abortion saves lives!” As if that weren’t enough, the 10 by 40 foot billboard also informs commuters (falsely) that “Our religious abortion rituals avert many state restrictions,” a reference to their campaign to classify abortion as a religious ritual to utilize religious liberty laws in defense of feticide.