SALEM, Mass. — The Satanic Temple said that its members were exempt from Indiana’s fetal burial law, claiming first amendment protections.
In a statement shared on the Facebook page of the Temple’s Indiana chapter, it said that one of their basic tenets is the inviolability of a person’s body and that non-viable fetal tissue is part of the woman who carries it. They said that the Indiana law, which requires cremation or burial of fetal remains, impacts burial rights and violates their religious beliefs and freedoms.
According the statement, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act requires the state to provide a reason why their religious rights should not be honored.
This isn’t the first time the Satanic Temple has used laws pushed by religious conservatives to flip the script. Last December, the Temple’s Chicago chapter was able to get their own display along side Jewish and Christian displays in the Illinois Statehouse rotunda. Conservatives were not thrilled.