17 November 2023

Hail Satan!

In New Mexico, the Satanic Temple has opened the Samuel Alito's Mom Abortion Clinic, which provides abortion medications, abortion counseling, and reproductive healthcare. (Services are free, but medications are sold at market rates)

They are calling what they provide an, "Abortion Ritual," which is a little bit (OK, as lot) snarky, but they are doing God's work here.  (Yeah, I know, odd turn of phrase)

It should be noted that Jewish theology does not view Satan at all the same ways that the other Abrahamic religions, and Zoroastrians, view Satan, so I am not at all offended.  (I'm amused)

In Torah, Satan is never mentioned as a proper noun, it is a title, הַשָּׂטָן,, THE Satan, meaning adversary, and in normative Jewish theology, The Satan, is best described (albeit incompletely) as our own evil inclination.

Rose Fradusco Alito gave birth on April Fool’s Day, 1950. Hundreds of women would die that year from botched illegal abortions in the United States, where the procedure had been widely banned for decades. But here in the Alito household in suburban New Jersey, all was grand. Rose thrilled at new motherhood. She was a schoolteacher, then a principal. Her husband Sam was a teacher too, then a director in state government. Their son, named after his father, would go on to do important things someday; Rose could feel it. When she died in 2013, Samuel Alito Jr. was all grown up, with a big fancy job on the U.S. Supreme Court.

It’s unlikely that Rose ever considered abortion for herself (a few years before she passed away, she told reporters she opposed it). But what if her circumstances had been different—if her own life had been endangered by the pregnancy or if the fetus had a fatal anomaly or if Rose simply hadn’t been ready for a child? What if she’d had a choice and access to safe, legal abortion care? Nearly 75 years later, in a reproductive rights landscape that feels like it’s sliding back in time, one group decided to channel this policy fantasy into a new health care enterprise named in her honor.

Samuel Alito’s Mom’s Satanic Abortion Clinic. Does it sound like pure clickbait? Sure. But beneath the outlandish branding lies a sincere mission: The New Mexico–based telehealth practice, a legitimate medical entity run by an accredited clinical team, offers abortion care to patients within state lines. The staff prescribes abortion pills (at $91 per set, a competitive price) up until the eleventh week of pregnancy and offers 24/7 phone access to licensed medical personnel to anyone in need. It’s just that they’re also Satanists, members of a religious organization called The Satanic Temple.

Need a minute? No problem. 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.

John Oliver's take on this is that it's the best "Yo' mamma," joke of all time:(I agree)


Anonymous said...

I think a better term for Satan is as God's prosecutor.
Not a nice job, but someone has to do it.

Matthew Saroff said...

The Satan is broadly synonymous with the prosecutor, but there are commentaries about Job that suggest that The Satan is actually an internal dialogue. It's complex, and if I went into the proper level of detail to discuss this, it would take many thousands of words, and I would be wrong in many cases.

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