In accordance with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), first trimester abortions are now exempt from unnecessary regulations for all individuals practicing The Satanic Temple's religious abortion ritual.

Thyself is thy Master

Disclaimer: While legal precedent dictates that we have the right to practice our Abortion Ritual, unimpeded by government restrictions, neither a violation of that right nor what the appropriate remedy is has yet to be recognized by the courts. Until the law is settled on this issue, any legal demand for a right to abortion services without government interference will likely result in litigation. The abortion ritual should be performed in consultation with a minister of The Satanic Temple. Please contact us immediately if you are a member in need of an abortion.

What is the Satanic Abortion Ritual?

The Satanic abortion ritual provides spiritual comfort and affirms bodily autonomy, self-worth, and freedom from coercive forces with the affirmation of TST's Seven Tenets. The ritual is not intended to convince a person to have an abortion. Instead, it sanctifies the abortion process by instilling confidence and protecting bodily rights when undergoing the safe and scientific procedure.

What protections does the Satanic abortion ritual provide?

Religious freedom ensures Satanists have access to safe abortions
that are free from unwarranted state interference.

Examples of requirements that cannot
be enforced on Satanists are:

Waiting Periods

The Requirement that Practitioners Withhold Certain Medical Information

Compulsory Counseling
Prior to Abortion

Required Reading Materials

Medically Unnecessary Sonograms

Mandatory Listening to the Fetal Heartbeat

Compulsory Burial or Cremation of Fetal Remains

How Does One Perform the Satanic
Abortion Ritual?

For Surgical Abortions:

Prior to receiving any anesthetic or sedation, look at your reflection to be reminded of your personhood and your responsibility to yourself. Focus on your intent. Take deep breaths, and make yourself comfortable. When you are ready, say the Third Tenet and Fifth Tenet aloud. You may now undergo the surgery. After the surgery is completed and any anesthetic has worn off, return to your reflection and recite your personal affirmation. Feel doubts dissipating and your confidence growing as you have just undertaken a decision that affirms your autonomy and free will. The religious abortion ritual is now complete.

For Medical Abortions:

Immediately before taking the medication(s) to terminate your pregnancy, look at your reflection to be reminded of your personhood and responsibility to yourself. Focus on your intent, take deep breaths, and make yourself comfortable. When ready, read the Third Tenet aloud to begin the ritual. After ingesting the medication(s), take another deep breath and recite the Fifth Tenet. After you have passed the embryo, return to your reflection, and recite the personal affirmation. Feel doubts dissipating and your confidence growing as you have just undertaken a decision that affirms your autonomy and free will. The religious abortion ritual is now complete.

Tenet III. One's body is inviolable, subject to one's own will alone.

Tenet V. Beliefs should conform to one's best scientific understanding of the world. One should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit one's beliefs.

Personal Affirmation. 
By my body,
my blood
By my will it is done.

How is the satanic abortion ritual legally protected?

As a federally-recognized religion, The Satanic Temple utilizes RFRA and the Hobby Lobby precedent to protect its members from unnecessary abortion regulations that inhibit their religious practices and force them to violate their deeply-held beliefs. 

Following the overturning of Roe v Wade, as you can imagine, each state has different laws and restrictions, and religious exemptions vary. Some states recognize religious exemptions, and some will not. The state you are in can make an enormous difference in whether the state government will recognize your right to utilize a religious exemption.

Nevertheless, please know that TST will do our best to offer available resources, assist in hunting down information, and aid our members in restricted states to the best of our abilities. If you or someone you know is pregnant and wants to terminate their pregnancy, please get in touch with us so we can help in any way we can.

The First Amendment and RFRA:

The First Amendment’s Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause and several state Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRA) “protects religious practices and beliefs from government interference.”

State Law:

State laws governing abortions commonly serve no medical purpose and 
do not result in better health outcomes. Therefore, they unlawfully hinder access to the Satanic abortion ritual.

Next Steps:

We have no plans or intent to sue a clinic for not respecting our rights unless they defy a court order demanding that they honor our exemption requests. We understand that clinics must adhere to the law and that they are in a difficult situation when laws conflict. Instead, we will challenge states that fail to enforce their RFRA laws and thereby exempt TST members from unnecessary abortion restrictions.

If your religious exemption requests are denied when seeking to perform the Satanic abortion ritual, immediately contact TST at with your name and phone number to start the next steps of resolving the situation and deciding whether to take legal action.

Why Does the Satanic Temple Support Reproductive Rights?

The mission of The Satanic Temple is to encourage benevolence and empathy, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense, oppose injustice, and undertake noble pursuits. The Satanic Temple is also committed to supporting its LGBTQIA+ members. Bodily autonomy has been a central pillar of The Satanic Temple's mission since its founding. TST trans members of any age who need support, as well as any other member who feels targeted or marginalized, may contact us at so that we can provide counseling and assistance.

Thyself is thy master

Frequently Asked Questions

  Do you worship Satan?

No, nor do we believe in the existence of Satan or the supernatural. The Satanic Temple believes that religion can, and should, be divorced from superstition.

  What does Satan mean to TST?

Satan is a symbol of the Eternal Rebel in opposition to arbitrary authority, forever defending personal sovereignty even in the face of insurmountable odds.

  What do you believe then?

  • One should strive to act with compassion and empathy toward all creatures in accordance with reason
  • The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.
  • One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.
  • The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo one's own.
  • Beliefs should conform to one's best scientific understanding of the world. One should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit one's beliefs.
  • People are fallible. If one makes a mistake, one should do one's best to rectify it and resolve any harm that might have been caused.
  • Every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word.

 What kinds of campaigns have you run in the past?

We have publicly confronted hate groups, fought for the abolition of corporal punishment in public schools, applied for equal representation when religious installations are placed on public property, provided religious exemption and legal protection against laws that unscientifically restrict women's reproductive autonomy, exposed harmful pseudo-scientific practitioners in mental health care, organized clubs alongside other religious after-school clubs in schools besieged by proselytizing organizations, and engaged in other advocacy in accordance with our tenets.

Support Access to Religious Abortions

You can support The Satanic Temple’s mission to protect reproductive rights by donating to our Religious Reproductive Rights Campaign. Each donation will go towards:

1. Legal work in all 50 states to protect and advance reproductive rights

2. Informing Satanists of their religious protections when seeking pregnancy termination services

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