The Missouri Supreme Court has rejected a request from the Satanic Temple to block the abortion law.
A woman identified as Mary Doe in court documents claimed that Missouri's 72-hour waiting period violated her religious beliefs as a member of the Satanic Temple. Even so, the Missouri Supreme Court said the waiting period does not affect anyone's religious liberty, nor does it deny someone's right to choose an abortion.
"The pro-life law that we're talking about is part of the informed consent legislation that was passed for the first time back in 2005 and ultimately ended up including a 72-hour waiting period," says Susan Klein of Missouri Right to Life. "We like to call it a reflection period, basically time for a woman to look at the information they're receiving."
If and when a woman in Missouri considers and seeks an abortion, she receives a book put together by the Department of Health.
"It's information about the baby's development, all the rights that the woman has as far as making sure that she has all the information of the baby and what the father's responsibilities would be, and then she has the opportunity to look at an ultrasound," Klein continues. "So this is information that is helpful for the woman whenever she's deciding to choose life for the baby or not."
This is not the first time the Satanic Temple has challenged Missouri's abortion laws. In 2018, the Satanic Temple lost an attempt at the federal court level to have Missouri abortion laws dismissed.
"What the Satanic Temple was doing was push the abortion agenda with their challenge of the 72-hour waiting period," Klein says. "They're basically trying to overturn common sense laws that really help women in making good decisions."