Adobe Stock

Cosmopolitan Magazine, one of the most recognized magazines for women, is raising some eyebrows for a recently-released Instagram post that gave a loose guide on how to perform a ceremonial Satanic abortion. The post was meant to highlight the magazine’s new article in its November/ December issue that features The Satanic Temple’s (TST) New Mexico-based abortion clinic, unironically named Samuel Alito’s Mom’s Satanic Abortion Clinic. The clinic was launched earlier this year with the name meant to mock one of the Catholic judges who sits on the US Supreme Court. Alito wrote the majority opinion of the Court’s decision to strike down Roe v. Wade last June.

The article celebrates the clinic as a “pioneer” of abortion rights, asserting that the Temple’s religious connection to abortion might be able to protect abortion from future bans under the First Amendment. The article’s author, Arielle Domb, wrote, “By TST’s accounting, no other faith-based group in the U.S. has ever launched an abortion clinic. And that’s the game-changing twist here…” Domb added that “Satan symbolizes activism too” and envisioned that TST’s marrying of faith and abortion gives it “a real chance of breaking the religious right’s grip on abortion law.” “Never mind that Satanists don’t actually worship the devil,” wrote Domb. “There are no ritual sacrifices or quests for supernatural powers at TST. In reality, Satanism is a nontheistic faith in which TST’s roughly 1.5 million global members view Satan more like a mascot, one depicted not as a dark, omniscient deity but as a literary character — a venerable symbol of rebellion, rational inquiry, personal sovereignty, and resistance against tyranny.”

In promoting the article on its Instagram, Cosmo featured the story of Jessica, who found TST’s abortion services, “very supportive.” “While she’s not a Satanist, Jessica decided to incorporate a few ceremonial elements into her solo abortion experience. ‘Why not?’ she thought. The overall messaging just clicked with her,” the post added. It then included the steps to a satanic abortion, which includes mantras and self-affirmations. “One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone,” it told women to affirm for themselves. After taking the abortion pill, the post instructed women to chant “Beliefs should conform to one’s best scientific understanding of the world. One should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit one’s beliefs.” After the “aborted tissue” (i.e. baby) is expelled, the woman is to say, “By my body, my blood; by my will, it is done.” Cosmo encouraged its readers that an abortion should be an empowering moment, writing, “mirror or mantra’s or not, [the Satanic Abortion Clinic’s] point is that your abortion should focus on your autonomy in making this decision. Patients can include as many loved ones as they’d like, or light candles or even dress up—whatever makes them feel empowered.”

TST celebrated the article’s appearance in Cosmo. “This milestone is not just a celebration of our clinic but a powerful testament to the importance of our fight for religious reproductive rights. Our feature in Cosmopolitan is a monumental moment in our ongoing battle to protect bodily autonomy. The article brings national attention to our innovative approach to  reproductive rights through our first telehealth abortion clinic, The Samuel Alito’s Mom’s Satanic Abortion Clinic, and highlights our legal arguments to protect our members’ religious right to practice the abortion ritual,” TST said on its blog. There were a number of negative responses to the post, with The Daily Signal calling it a “celebration of death.” “To many people of faith, abortion is satanic. It celebrates death as a choice. A choice that kills an innocent life in the name of ‘my body,’ ‘my blood,’ and ‘my will,’ and wounds the mental, emotional, spiritual, and sometimes physical well-being of the mother as well. The death of the innocent should never be a mere choice, much less a celebrated one.”

More from Beliefnet and our partners
Close Ad