The Satanic Temple of Detroit interrupts Anti-Abortion Protest on Good Friday

In response to an anti-abortion protest sponsored by the Pro-Life Action League, The Satanic Temple of Detroit staged a “Sanctions of the Cross” procession to commemorate the loss of reproductive independence.

March 25, 2016 — The Satanic Temple of Detroit staged a “Sanctions of the Cross” procession in response to an anti-choice protest held at an Ann Arbor, Michigan Planned Parenthood Friday morning.  The protest, entitled, “A Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion,” was organized by the Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League, and coincided with Good Friday.

The anti-abortion advocacy group has compared the story of Jesus’s crucifixion to the abortion procedure,  and has published materials detailing methods intended to put women’s health clinics out of business ranging from street harassment, documenting license plates, and picketing doctor’s homes.  

The Satanic Temple believes that all people are entitled to make informed decisions about their health, family and future without coercion.  The philosophical and religious opinions of some should not be used legislate morality. The attempt to do so violates American foundational values of freedom and liberty.

The “Sanctions of the Cross” procession was a testament to the burden of oppressive mandates endured by women who are forced to consider the religious opinions of the legislature while making personal family planning decisions.  Just as the church commemorates the flagellation of Jesus by the Roman soldiers, the Temple acknowledged the role played by Michigan Senators and Representatives in keeping women under the church’s law.  In particular, Senator Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton), Representative Tom Hooker (R-Byron Center) and Senator Judy Emmons (R-Sheridan) was recognized for their role in sponsoring anti-choice legislation.

Senator Colbeck sponsored SB 575, a bill which would cut funding to health facilities that also perform elective abortions. Both Sen. Colbeck and Rep. Hooker also sponsored legislation which would create a “Choose Life” license plate to raise funds for nonprofit organizations that promote alternatives to abortion, such as crisis pregnancy centers.

Senator Emmons has co-sponsored several anti-choice bills and introduced SB 573 a TRAP law which would require the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to license abortion clinics as freestanding outpatient surgical facilities, a regulation deemed medically unnecessary by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.