This assertion is antithetical to two of the central tenets of Satanism: that one’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone, and that one’s beliefs should conform to the best scientific understanding of the world. “There is no medical or scientific purpose for mandating an abortion waiting period, nor is the idea that ‘life begins at conception’ a scientific fact,” explains Jex Blackmore, a spokesperson for the Temple. For this reason, Mary Doe presented a letter of exemption to staff at the Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, which was the only abortion provider operating in the state at the time.”It is my deeply held religious belief an abortion does not terminate the life of a separate, unique, living human being. I therefore absolve you of any responsibility you may have to deliver the booklet to me. I also absolve you of any responsibility you may have to wait 72 hours before performing an abortion,” the letter read, in part. “I respectfully request that you provide me with an abortion today.”

Satanists vs. Republicans: A Battle for Abortion Rights Rages in Missouri – Broadly