Member of Satanic Temple religion fights state on abortion practices

2 years 5 months 1 week ago Tuesday, January 23 2018 Jan 23, 2018 Tuesday, January 23, 2018 3:27:00 PM CST January 23, 2018 in News
By: Chelsea Haynes, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Supreme Court reviewed an appeal on Tuesday morning from an anonymous woman who believes the state violated her religious beliefs.

The lawsuit stems from a Greene County resident anonymously known as “Mary Doe,” who became pregnant in February of 2015, and decided to have an abortion the following May.

“It breaks my heart,” said Doe’s lawyer, W. James MacNaughton, who believes the law that’s in question has violated her freedom of religion. “For some reason, we seem to be drifting back into this idea that our worth as citizens, and our ability to control our lives have to be dictated by religion in this country.”

Based on the state’s “informed consent law,” Doe was required to accept a pamphlet which states “life begins at conception, and that an abortion will terminate the life of a separate, unique, living human being.” The law also requires the woman receiving an abortion wait 72 hours before making the final decision to terminate.

At the time, Doe provided doctors with a letter detailing her religious beliefs that differed from the information inside of the consent booklet. The letter detailed how she believed a “non-viable fetus is not a separate human being, but is part of her body and that abortion of a non-viable fetus does not terminate the life of a separate, unique living human being.”

The clinic, as required by law, gave Doe an ultrasound and an opportunity to hear the fetal heartbeat, in addition to her acknowledging she received the pamphlet and would not perform the abortion until after the required 72-hour waiting period.

Now, Doe is challenging the informed consent law under the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the establishment clause of the First Amendment to the Federal Constitution.

Questions the Missouri Supreme Court must answer regarding Tuesday’s appeal hearing: 1) whether or not Doe’s claim under the Religious Freedom of Restoration Act restricts her free exercise of religion and 2) whether or not the informed consent law violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment, which states the state may not establish religion.

The Missouri Supreme Court will have a decision regarding Doe’s case within the next three to six months. To hear the audio stream from Tuesday morning's appeal, check out the Missouri Courts' Livestream

More News

Grid
List
AP—The U.S. public health system has been starved for decades and lacks the resources necessary to confront the worst health... More >>
1 hour ago Friday, July 03 2020 Jul 3, 2020 Friday, July 03, 2020 5:00:35 AM CDT July 03, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Fourth of July festivities are set to begin Friday in Jefferson City, but under a new normal.... More >>
2 hours ago Friday, July 03 2020 Jul 3, 2020 Friday, July 03, 2020 3:15:00 AM CDT July 03, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City School District announced an update to families on Thursday about fall classes. The district's... More >>
9 hours ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 9:07:00 PM CDT July 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA (Missourian) - While higher education saw its state funding slashed Tuesday for the new fiscal year... More >>
9 hours ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 8:32:46 PM CDT July 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - An arcade bar in Columbia is shutting down for two weeks after a customer tested positive for coronavirus,... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 7:35:00 PM CDT July 02, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Jefferson City police investigators worked with authorities from Jacksonville, Florida to solve a 1999 cold case. ... More >>
12 hours ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 5:32:19 PM CDT July 02, 2020 in News
MISSOURI — As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Missouri, state and local officials confirm new case counts daily. ... More >>
12 hours ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 5:30:00 PM CDT July 02, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Division of Employment Security is handling a record number... More >>
13 hours ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 5:00:00 PM CDT July 02, 2020 in News
TIPTON – Governor Mike Parson signed two bills on Thursday to expand internet broadband in rural Missouri. HB 1768... More >>
13 hours ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 4:56:00 PM CDT July 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Cities like St. Louis and Kansas City passed mask ordinances this week, and Columbia's city council will decide... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 3:33:00 PM CDT July 02, 2020 in News
LAKE OF THE OZARKS - Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses at the Lake of the Ozarks are preparing for large... More >>
15 hours ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 2:38:00 PM CDT July 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Mayor Brian Treece gave an update Thursday morning on his thoughts about the proposed mask ordinance. "On... More >>
16 hours ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 2:07:00 PM CDT July 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – The extended deadline for filing income taxes is fast approaching, but help is available for those who need... More >>
16 hours ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 1:43:00 PM CDT July 02, 2020 in Continuous News
(CNN) -- Sleep problems in early childhood may be linked to the development of certain mental health disorders in adolescence,... More >>
20 hours ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 9:26:54 AM CDT July 02, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You can... More >>
22 hours ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 7:31:00 AM CDT July 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Boone County has seen its number of COVID-19 cases rise over the past few weeks. This has prompted... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 4:51:00 AM CDT July 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - After a yearslong battle between local activists and the city that featured environmentalist Sutu Forté... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, July 01 2020 Jul 1, 2020 Wednesday, July 01, 2020 10:00:00 PM CDT July 01, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Jonathan Irons was wrongfully convicted for almost 23 years in the state prison system, however Wednesday, July 1... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, July 01 2020 Jul 1, 2020 Wednesday, July 01, 2020 9:19:00 PM CDT July 01, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 74°
7am 74°
8am 76°
9am 78°
10am 80°