Satanic Temple supports Planned Parenthood, launches abortion crusade

The Satanic Temple has declared its support for abortion giant Planned Parenthood by launching a pro-abortion crusade and filing a lawsuit against Missouri over a law requiring women to wait 72 hours before getting an abortion.

(Reuters/Lucas Jackson)A sign is pictured at the entrance to a Planned Parenthood building in New York, August 31, 2015.

The pro-abortion rallies staged by the Satanic Temple come in the midst of a controversial case revolving around Planned Parenthood's practices. Last week, Judge Diane Bull dismissed the charges filed by Planned Parenthood against investigative reporter David Daleiden who released an undercover video about the abortion giant's sale of fetus body parts, Breibart reports.

Judge Bull released the ruling after it was discovered that District Attorney Devon Anderson worked with Planned Parenthood to target the reporter and the Center for Medical Progress. The decision has been hailed as a victory by free speech advocates, saying it supports freedom of the press.

Daleiden told the press last week that the fetus body parts sale is so far the biggest scandal that Planned Parenthood has faced. He also said the issue could very well topple the abortion giant.

However, the Satanic Temple has come to Planned Parenthood's aid and has lobbied against Missouri's informed consent laws, which require women to receive informational materials about abortion before undergoing the procedure. The organization wants women to claim exemption from such materials, citing their "religious right" to do so.

Meanwhile, both pro-life and pro-abortion demonstrators faced off outside a Planned Parenthood facility in Toledo on Friday. The protesters gathered during the Created Equal rally, which calls for the abortion giant to be defunded, the Toledo Blade reports.

About 20 members of Ohio anti-abortion group Created Equal faced off with 30 pro-abortion advocates who held up posters while standing outside the Planned Parenthood clinic at 1301 Jefferson Ave. The protest comes after a Cincinnati federal judge put on hold a new Ohio law that removes the remaining US$1.3 million in state funding from America's largest abortion organization.