Yesterday, the Attorney General’s office successfully defeated The Satanic Temple’s challenge to Idaho’s Defense of Life Act. The Satanic Temple claimed a constitutionally protected right for its female members to ceremonially abort their babies as part of a Satanic ritual that involves the eerie invocation: “By my body, my blood, by my will, it is done.” A federal court dismissed The Satanic Temple’s entire lawsuit with prejudice and without leave to amend — a resounding defeat for the Satanists.
“The district court rejected every claim The Satanic Temple asserted and dismissed the case with prejudice. The court held that each claim lacked merit, even describing one of The Satanic Temple’s positions as producing a “blatantly absurd” result,” said Attorney General Labrador. “My office will continue to defend the lives of the unborn at every turn.”
Following the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade, the State of Idaho enacted the Defense of Life Act to protect the unborn. Shortly after the law took effect, The Satanic Temple sued Attorney General Raúl Labrador and the Ada County Prosecutor, Jan Bennetts. The Satanic Temple also claimed that Idaho’s law unconstitutionally interfered with its New Mexico abortion clinic, which does business as “The Sam Alito’s Mom’s Satanic Abortion Clinic.”