The magazine shared this information via its Instagram account on November 16, focusing on a service provided at a provocatively named abortion facility, "Samuel Alito’s Mom’s Satanic Abortion Clinic." The facility's name is a pointed affront to Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.
Cosmopolitan's Instagram post shared the experience of a 37-year-old mother of three, referred to as Jessica* to maintain her anonymity, who underwent an abortion at the aforementioned clinic. "The experience was just very supportive," Jessica was quoted as saying. Despite not identifying as a Satanist, Jessica chose to incorporate certain ceremonial elements into her abortion process, stating, "Why not? The overall messaging just clicked with her."
The post further elaborated on the steps involved in the Satanic Temple-prescribed abortion ritual. The process includes actions such as looking at one's reflection before consuming an abortion pill and affirming, "One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone." The ritual concludes with the declaration, "By my body, my blood; by my will, it is done." The post also mentioned that participants could involve loved ones, light candles, or dress up in a way that empowers them.
Prior to this post, Cosmopolitan had published an article about the Satanic abortion clinic, posing hypothetical questions about Justice Alito's mother's potential choices had her circumstances been different. The article asked, "What if she’d had a choice and access to safe, legal abortion care?" It further stated, "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."
The article explained that the clinic's premise is to utilize religion as a tool to safeguard abortion rights. "By TST’s accounting, no other faith-based group in the U.S. has ever launched an abortion clinic," Cosmopolitan reported. The magazine emphasized the unique aspect of this clinic: "Unlike other abortion-pill-by-mail providers like Hey Jane or Abuzz, TST is a religion. Meaning its patients, who don’t have to be Satanists themselves, are participating in a religious ritual."
The magazine further noted, "That’s a key legal distinction TST hopes to leverage in its historic push to expand its clinic model beyond New Mexico — into states where abortion is otherwise banned."