Representatives of the American religious group "Satanic Temple" said that their followers should be allowed to perform ritual abortions in those states where it is allowed to terminate a pregnancy only in exceptional cases, the American TV channel Fox News reported.
"In states that prohibit abortion but make exceptions for incest and rape, members of the Satanic Temple should also be given a religious exception to perform ritual abortion," the American Satanists said in a statement quoted by the network.
In addition, the Satanists, according to them, intend to seek the right to perform this ritual in those states where abortion is completely prohibited.
This really makes a stark contrast to the pro-life campaign stepped up by conservative forces both in the US and around the world.
In his recent speech at the Russian Senate, Patriarch Kirill, the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church, said: “The Church has consistently stressed the importance and value of the human life, given to man by the Creator. Recently the State has been paying serious attention to the prevention of abortion. Let me remind you that the Russian Civil Code protects the right of an unborn heir. It seems that the existing norms could well be edited, so that the life of a child, a future member of our society, would be protected by law from the moment of conception. Isn’t it amazing? The Law protects an unborn child’s right to inherit, but it does not protect this child's right to live. Where does this come from - from what culture, from what tradition? I urge lawmakers to take a bolder approach to the issue of protecting life”.