Rally for the Third Tenet
One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.
The Satanic Temple doesn’t have “commandments”, because our members are free individuals who guide their own destiny. But we do have the Seven Tenets: statements that express the core values, the fundamental ethical principles, that we aspire to in all of our thoughts and actions.
The third tenet states that one’s body is inviolable, and subject to one’s own will alone. We believe that making a decision about whether or not to have an abortion is not only a deeply personal decision, but also a religious one. As such, it must be left up to each individual woman to make that choice in accordance with her own deeply held values and beliefs.
When “pro-life” Christian activists sought to hold a national protest against Planned Parenthood, in an attempt to impose their religious views of life and “ensoulment” on others, we made our presence known as supporters of Planned Parenthood, and of the right of women to make their own reproductive choices.
Any discussion of women’s reproductive rights should be centered on the voices, feelings and beliefs of women. The role of an ally is to amplify women’s voices. We felt it was important to include this through our symbolism and actions at the protest: the men are hooded with their mouths taped shut, kneeling around the woman like religious supplicants: facing outward to help defend her if needed, but with heads bowed in deference to her voice and her will.
The event was an amazing success. Dallas’s beautiful and strong community showed up, with pro-choice activists outnumbering the “pro-life” activists more than two-to-one. The event was peaceful, and we were warmly welcomed by our allies. Our presence was even noted by the Dallas News, in a very positive story about one of our members engaging in respectful dialogue with a pro-life Youth Pastor of a local ministry. You can read the story here:
More photos and video clips from the event will be posted here when they become available.
Hail Choice. Hail Women. Hail Satan.