Of the many divisive issues constantly debated all over in America, few are as utterly polarizing as abortion. The option for a woman to terminate a pregnancy has wildly different meanings to many Americans.
 
On the one side — predominantly occupied by Evangelical Christians — there are pro-life views held by people who essentially see the act of abortion as murder because life itself begins at conception. On the other side, the pro-choice community view abortion as a necessity and a decision that should be made solely by the woman who may receive the procedure.
 
One of the many relevant and important reasons why the massive, worldwide Women’s March occurred was due to restrictions put in place by some states which challenge the reproductive rights of women and the choices they can make for their own bodies (the idea being that a person’s religious morals should not determine what someone else does with their body).   
 
For the pro-life community who view abortion as murder, they believe that organizations like Planned Parenthood run a child prostitution ring, and refer to the organization’s president Cecile Richards as “Mother Murder” (If we’re being honest, that does sound like a pretty dope rap name, though).
 

An image of an anti abortion rally with an "abort abortion" signage

anti-abortion activism (worldreligionnews)

According to a wiki page on abortion violence, data suggests that anti-abortion activists have committed violent crimes against abortion providers and their staff, resulting in 11 deaths and countless injuries in total.
 
In an episode of “This is Life” with Lisa Ling, the famed journalist reported how conservative politicians fund “crisis pregnancy centers” to provide “medically accurate” advice on abortion and claims that the chances of breast cancer increase if a woman has an abortion.
 
In the deeply red state of Missouri, a Greene County woman’s lawsuit filed in 2015 against both Attorney General Josh Hawley and Governor Eric Hutchens over the state’s abortion law will be decided upon by The Supreme Court of the state. The Informed Consent Law, which requires a three-day waiting period for abortions and a reading of a pamphlet which states that “life begins at conception”, were against Doe’s religious beliefs, the lawsuit claims. The woman, “Mary Doe”, is a member of The Satanic Temple in Detroit, a religious institution that has indicated their respect for a woman’s decision based on “the best scientific and medical information available.”
 
Jex Blackmore, a spokeswoman for the temple, stated that Doe’s personal religious beliefs, among them being that Satanists believes that a fetus is just part of the body,  were violated by a state that otherwise claims to be very much about “religious freedom.” Doe stated multiple times during her visit to a St. Louis clinic that her beliefs differed from the information in the informed consent booklet.
 
The Satanic temple also stated that the entire Informed Consent Law is a violation of the separation of church and state. The state of Missouri’s defense was that the Informed Consent Law doesn’t directly violate Doe’s beliefs and instead “serves compelling state interests.”       
 
This case, especially given its involvement with both the Satanic Temple and the state’s deeply red values, will be interesting as to which direction the Missouri Supreme Court takes.
 

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