Cosmopolitan Magazine, a quarterly fashion and lifestyle magazine created in 1886 as a “first-class family magazine,” is promoting an abortion clinic created by the Satanic Temple, as well as step-by-step instructions for performing at-home satanic abortion ceremonies. The Samuel Alito’s Mom’s Satanic Abortion Clinic, named in mockery of the conservative Supreme Court Justice, provides occult-oriented abortive care as a religious exemption to pro-life laws passed after the reversal of Roe v. Wade last year.
The Satanic Abortion Clinic, a telehealth practice based in New Mexico, offers abortion services and counseling to patients throughout the state, mailing out bottles of abortion pills for $91 apiece up to the eleventh week. The service is staffed by a team of accredited clinicians…all of whom are also reportedly devout Satanists.
As Cosmopolitan Magazine wrote in its glowing review of the clinic earlier this month:
This marrying of lightning-rod concepts is…a lot. Intentionally so, as The Satanic Temple (TST) attempts to take pervasive moral panic and flip it on its head, utilizing Satanists’ reputation for defiance to expand access to urgent health care.
The Satanic Temple, despite its name, does not actually worship the demonic figure from scripture, but rather views his literary persona as an example of radical individualism and rebellion against tyranny. Though often confused with the Church of Satan, a similar but separate group that does literally worship the devil, the Satanic Temple claims to be a fundamentally nontheistic organization.
In June 2022, the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, striking federal protections for abortion access. In February 2023, the Satanic Temple announced the creation of the Samuel Alito’s Mom’s Satanic Abortion Clinic, named after activists’ bitter wish that Justice Alito’s mother had aborted him rather than allow him to grow up and write the conservative majority opinion in the Dobbs case.
As votes on a slew of pro-life laws were triggered around the country, the Satanic Abortion Clinic billed itself as the only “faith-based” abortion provider in the country, thereby exempting itself from restrictions on other facilities.
Cosmopolitan’s profile of the clinic then turned its attention to “Jessica” (real name changed), a mother of three who is dead set against becoming a mother of four. As a lapsed Catholic herself, Jessica was “pleasantly surprised” by the supportive and helpful Satanists who coached her through her upcoming abortion. In addition to providing the mifepristone and misoprostol pills used to terminate an unborn child, the Satanic Abortion Clinic also offers advice on how to hold an at-home satanic abortion ritual.
The Instagram account for Cosmopolitan provided the clinic’s step-by-step guide for the process, written alongside graphics of inverted crosses. True to satanic teachings, is focused on the self and one’s own personhood. The personhood of an unborn child notably does not factor into this meditative process.
First, you find a quiet space. Bring a mirror if you can. Just before taking the medication, gaze at your reflection and focus on your personhood. Home in on your intent, your responsibility to you. Take a few deep, relaxing breaths.
When you’re ready, read the following tenet aloud: One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.
Take the medication and immediately afterward, recite, 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.
Later, once your body expels the aborted tissue, return to your reflection. Focus again on your personhood, your power in making this decision. Complete the ritual by reciting a personal affirmation: By my body, my blood; by my will, it is done.
Jessica reportedly conducted this ritual herself because “the overall messaging just clicked with her.”
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The lifestyle magazine went on to mock conservative critics and pro-life activists who objected to the clinic’s demonic practices. “Do our leaders realize that they have this unholy alliance with Satanists?” asked Abortion Free New Mexico activist Tara Shaver. “I think it just serves to show the origins of abortion and the type of people that champion it.”
Even other pro-choice advocates denounced the Satanic Abortion Clinic for using religion to be “intentionally provocative” and harming the movement. Other critics accused the program of engaging in “White saviorism” and failing to have proper BIPOC representation, revealing an ironic schism within the leftist pro-abortion coalition.
Despite the criticism, Samuel Alito’s Mom’s Satanic Abortion Clinic remains determined to move forward and expand its influence into other states on behalf of the Satanic Temple. “This is just the beginning,” said Erin Helian, Executive Director of Campaigns. “We will remain steadfast as we continue the fight to uphold reproductive justice in the United States.”
“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.” ― Aleister Crowley