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Court Unanimously Dismisses Satanists' Case against This State's 'Sensible' Pro-life Laws

James Risdon : Nov 6, 2018  LifeSiteNews.com

"We are pleased with the court's ruling. The attorney general's office will continue to vigorously defend Missouri's sensible waiting period law." -Mary Compton, spokesperson for the attorney general's office

(Jefferson City, MO)—[LifeSiteNews.com] Satanists who argued Missouri's abortion laws interfere with their constitutional freedom of religion saw their case thrown out by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this week. (Photo: Creative Commons-Pixabay)

The lawsuit brought by the satanic temple and an anonymous woman, referred to only as Mary Doe and described as a member of the satanic temple in court documents, was dismissed by the court because Doe lacked constitutional standing.

"After becoming pregnant, she sought an abortion in St. Louis, Missouri," wrote the circuit court judges in their decision. "She complied with certain state-mandated procedures, which the complaint alleges constituted direct and unwelcome personal contact with religion, in violation of the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses."

"After receiving the abortion, she filed this lawsuit in federal court seeking a series of declarations, an injunction, and attorneys' fees and costs," reads the decision.

In their unanimous ruling, the judges tossed out the lawsuit—upholding a lower court's decision—because Doe was not pregnant when she filed it... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

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