The Missouri Supreme Court has scheduled oral argument in the Satanic Temple case for January 23, 2018. The proceedings will be held in Jefferson City.
Mary Doe, who claims to be a member of a Satanic Temple, has argued that a Missouri abortion law violates her religious beliefs and constitutes the establishment of religion. She specifically objects to portions of Missouri’s informed consent statute that requires she be told before her abortion that life begins at conception and that “abortion will terminate the life of a separate, unique, living human being.”
She also objects to provisions in Missouri law that require an ultrasound be performed before the abortion, along with having to wait 72 hours before the abortion can be performed. She claims these regulations interfere with her right to have an abortion on her terms, her time schedule, and according to her religious beliefs. She denies that a fetus is a separate, unique human being.
Ms. Doe’s lawsuit was initially dismissed by Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beteem for failure to state a claim, but the Appellate Court for the Western District of Missouri ruled that she has raised “real and substantial” constitutional claims that must be decided by the Missouri Supreme Court.
Keep this case in your prayers as the date for the oral arguments will be held on the day after the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision!