Sunday, January 24, 2016

Satanist's RFRA Challenge To Missouri Abortion Restrictions Dismissed

As previously reported, last May a member of the Satanic Temple filed a lawsuit in state court in Missouri challenging as a violation of Missouri's Religious Freedom Restoration Act the state's waiting period and informed consent requirements imposed before a woman may obtain an abortion. The complaint in Doe v. Nixon, (MO Cir. Ct., filed 5/8/2015), alleged that plaintiff has deeply held religious beliefs that her body is inviolable and subject to her will alone and that she alone decides whether to remove a non-viable fetus. Now the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that last month the court dismissed the case, holding that plaintiff's "pleadings fail to allege facts, which if true, state a claim for relief under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act."