The Satanic Temple, Inc., et al v. Young et al

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The Satanic Temple, Inc., et al v. Young et al
Filing Date 2/1/2022
Original Jurisdiction 459th Civil District Court (Travis County, Texas)
Plaintiff The Satanic Temple Inc.
Defendant Texas Health And Human Services Commission; Cecile Young
Intervenor N/A
State Texas
Case# D-1-GN-22-000560
Original Result Ongoing
First Appeal N/A
Second Appeal N/A
Final Result

In February 2021, The Satanic Temple sued the state of Texas, its officials, and Planned Parenthood in federal court over the state's existing abortion restrictions ("Ann Doe I") requiring viewing a sonogram and enduring a waiting period, which TST claimed violated its religious Satanic abortion ritual.

While that case was ongoing, Texas's Senate Bill 8 or "Bounty Bill" went into effect Sept. 1, 2021, allowing private individuals to sue people who sought abortions after six weeks and anyone who helped them.

In February 2022, The Satanic Temple brought a new suit against the state of Texas and its officials only, this time in state court. The client was the same "Ann Doe" from previous year, who had gotten her abortion prior to SB8 going into effect. Therefore, it was not immediately apparent what standing the Temple and its client could claim (see: "Mary Doe II").