Satanists and the “Sacrament” of Abortion — Johnny O. Trail

Just recently the state of Texas passed a law, Senate Bill 8,1 that would ban most abortions after six weeks.  Legal scholars believe that this law could signal an overturn of Roe v. Wade since challenges to the law were not granted writ of certiorari by the Supreme Court.  In the one paragraph majority ruling, the Justices stated, “The majority stressed that it was not ruling on the constitutionality of the Texas law and did not mean to limit ‘procedurally proper challenges’ to it.”2 The high court is scheduled to hear a case this fall dealing with abortion that might effectively overturn the landmark Roe decision.

In response to the law and the Supreme Court’s determination to not hear the case, Satanists have filled suit claiming that the law undermines their right to freedom of religion.  One article reveals their “religious” beliefs about abortion as it quotes a letter that a lawyer for the group filled with the Food and Drug Administration:

“‘TST’s membership uses these products [mifepristone and misoprostol or drugs that induce abortions — J.O.T.] in a sacramental setting,’ the letter states, adding that the ‘Satanic Abortion Ritual is a sacrament which surrounds and includes the abortive act…I am sure Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton — who famously spends a good deal of his time composing press releases about Religious Liberty issues in other states — will be proud to see that Texas’s robust Religious Liberty laws, which he so vociferously champions, will prevent future Abortion Rituals from being interrupted by superfluous government restrictions meant only to shame and harass those seeking an abortion,’ Lucien Greaves, a spokesman and co-founder of The Satanic Temple, said in a statement.  Satanists believe bodily autonomy is ‘sacrosanct,’ Greaves added.  ‘The battle for abortion rights is largely a battle of competing religious viewpoints, and our viewpoint that the nonviable fetus is part of the impregnated host is fortunately protected under Religious Liberty,’ the statement said.”3

This letter is dripping with vitriol and cold language in describing a living being which happens to be residing in its mother’s womb.  The Satanist calls abortion a “sacrament.”  “Sacrament” is defined by denominational groups as “a Christian rite recognized as of particular importance and significance.”  In Christianity, baptism and the Lord’s Supper might be examples of the term.  When you bind this understanding with the Satanist view of abortion, one is left with the conclusion that abortion is one of their most sacred rites!  If one ever had any doubts as to where Satanists stood on the topic of abortion, that doubt has now been removed.

Consequently, this view is not far removed from the Old Testament god of the Ammonites.  Molech was a god who was worshipped by some Israelites prior to Babylonian exile.  Jeremiah 32:35 says, “And they built the high places of Baal which are in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire to Molech, which I did not command them, nor did it come into My mind that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.”  From these passages and modern philosophies regarding abortion, it becomes apparent that sacrificing children — even unborn ones — is a form of idolatry.

Whether in “sacrament” by the abortive practices of Satanists or in observance of the god of selfishness and hedonism, it appears that proponents of killing unborn babies have succumbed to unchecked and ungodly personal freedom.  This claim made by Satanists that laws against abortion subvert their right to freedom of religion underscores a much larger piece of the puzzle in the logic associated with those advocating abortion rights.  Namely, it is a practice supported by those who endorse and follow the Devil.  

Any person or Christian who attempts to defend abortion should really stop and think when a group of self-described Satanists claim that it is a religious “sacrament” that is important to their rituals.  The god of this world has truly blinded the minds of many people (cf. 2 Cor. 4:4).  Freedom does not authorize people to take the lives of those who are innocent.  There is no demographic group that is more innocent and helpless than an unborn child (cf. Matt. 18.3; 19.13-14).

Even so, abortion is a multibillion-dollar industry.  “Its combined annual revenue is $1.3 billion, including approximately $530 million in government funding such as Medicaid reimbursements.”4 Sadly, our government funds abortions in our nation and in foreign countries as well through our tax dollars.  Since 1973 our nation has aborted over sixty million babies.  Most of this is done under the guise of “birth control,” but those who provide the abortions make profits from their clients.

Furthermore, research and use of fetal materials extracted from abortion procedures causes a significant amount of money to change hands.The National Institute of Health spent seventy-six million dollars to fund this research in 2015.  This would include children who were the victims of an “elective” abortion.  Certain legalities apply to these considerations, but the NIH policy does allow for this type of research.  Regardless of what Planned Parenthood may (or may not) make of these specimens, research conducted on aborted babies should concern Christians.

How long will this evil couched in terms of “reproductive health” be allowed to continue?  How long will God allow this nation to kill the most innocent humans among us?  Psalm 139:14-16 says, “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.  My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.”

1Liptak, Adam, Goodman, David J. et al. (2021).  Supreme Court, Breaking Silence, Won’t Block Texas

abortion Law.  The New York Times.  Supreme Court, Breaking Silence, Won’t Block Texas Abortion Law – The New York Times (nytimes.com).

2Ibid.

3Kaufman, Amanda (2021).  Salem-based Satanic Temple Challenges Texas Abortion Law—Arguing

Religious Freedom.  Boston Globe.  Salem-based Satanic Temple challenges Texas abortion law, arguing religious freedom – The Boston Globe.

4Ross, Janell (2015). “How Planned Parenthood Actually Uses its Federal Funding.” The Washington Post.  While researching the amount of money that Planned Parenthood makes, some of the webpages that were listed in Google search were unreachable.  Therefore, a 2015 article is used.

54.1.14 Human Fetal Tissue Research (nih.gov).

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