Abortion activists embrace Satanism in post-Roe America

by Chris Lange

Chris Lange, FISM News


A Texas university’s display of a monument to abortion with satanic imagery has prompted outrage from pro-life groups and community members.

The 18-foot-tall golden statue on display at the University of Houston features a female figure with tentacle-like arms and braided hair twisted into the shape of goat horns, bearing a striking resemblance to “Baphomet,” a pagan deity tied to the occult. Artist Shahzia Sikander, the sculpture’s creator, said that the figure’s lace neck piece is a tribute to late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who wore a lace collar over her judicial robes.  

Written on the statue called “Witness” is the word “havah,” which Sikander told The New York Times means “air” or “atmosphere” in Urdu and “Eve” in Arabic. 

Texas Right to Life released a petition earlier this month to demand that the university cancel the display of the “satanic abortion idol.” 

“Disobedience to God certainly should not be esteemed by society, much less lauded with a statue,” the pro-life group said in a statement on its website. “On the contrary, art should reflect truth, goodness, and beauty: three timeless values that reveal the nature of God. Art cannot have beauty without truth. Art cannot have truth without goodness.”


The organization invited like-minded individuals to join them in a peaceful protest at the campus on Feb. 28, when the exhibit was scheduled to open, declaring that “a statue honoring child sacrifice has no place in Texas.” However, the sculpture was erected ahead of schedule in what Houston Style magazine described as a “clandestine operation” that took place “under cover of darkness.” Its installation ignited outrage from the Texas GOP and several community members who pointed out that the public university is supported by taxpayer dollars. 

The University of Houston defended its decision to bring “Witness” to its campus in a statement.

“Displaying a temporary work from an artist is never meant to be a celebration of the artist or his/her work but to simply provide a platform for artistic expression that encourages critical reflection and exploration of important issues,” the school said. 

Sikander also created an 8-foot sister sculpture to “Witness” titled “NOW” that sits atop a New York Courthouse. The Pakistani-American artist referred to the piece as “a fierce woman and a form of resistance in a space that has historically been dominated by patriarchal representation,” according to a Times article.  Sikander said that she named the piece “NOW” because it was needed “now” in a post-Roe America, where, as NYT writer Dan Bilefsky put it, “women’s reproductive rights [are] under siege.”

Sikander’s statues are reflective of a larger trend of abortion advocates who not only acknowledge that the murder of unborn children is demonic but embrace the fact.


The Catholic News Agency drew a comparison between the sculptures and the goat-like image of Baphomet used by The Satanic Temple (TST), which the outlet referred to as a “self-described ‘non-theistic’ religious organization” that is “dedicated to banning religion from the public square.”

TST released a statement on X in May 2022 declaring that it “objects to government interference with abortion access and contests that laws that impede our faith in bodily autonomy and our ability to perform our Religious Abortion Ritual violate the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.” The statement was made in response to the leak of the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson that repealed federal abortion rights.

TST opened a clinic in February 2023 offering “abortion ritual” as a sacrament, as reported by FISM News. The New Mexico facility was named “The Samuel Alito’s Mom’s Satanic Abortion Clinic” in mockery of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who authored the leaked opinion. 

James Mac Naughton, attorney for TST, told Newsweek in October 2022 that “The view of The Satanic Temple is that a fetus is a part of a woman’s body. As such, she has absolute dominion and control over it and can dispose of it or keep it as she sees fit.” Mac Naughton represents the organization in lawsuits against Idaho and Indiana over the states’ respective abortion restrictions.


Cosmopolitan writer Arielle Domb gushed over the idea of a Satan-honoring abortion, assuring the magazine’s primarily young, female subscribers that Satanic abortions are perfectly harmless -“Satanists don’t actually worship the devil” – and are, in fact, empowering.

“Satan symbolizes activism, too,” Domb wrote in the print equivalent of an infomercial for the Samuel Alito’s Mom’s Satanic Abortion Clinic, which she described as “a legitimate medical entity run by an accredited clinical team.” Domb also plugged the clinic’s ability to prescribe the abortion pill for “$91 per set, a competitive price.”

“Need a minute? No problem,” she wrote in a cheerful nod to potential skeptics. “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.”

Cosmo was so enamored with the idea of TST’s abortion ritual that it provided step-by-step instructions to readers about how they could plan and personalize their own “Satanic abortion ceremonies.”


Unsurprisingly, abortion is increasingly and unapologetically linked to Satanism by its advocates since murder is the ultimate rejection of God’s sovereignty as Creator. Scripture teaches that children are a gift from the Lord and made in His image.

Online Christian resource GotQuestions.org notes other Scriptural passages that reflect the value God places on every life in answering the question: “What does the Bible say about abortion?” 

Jeremiah 1:5 tells us that God knows us before He forms us in the womb. Psalm 139:13–16 speaks of God’s active role in our creation and formation in the womb,” the ministry wrote. 

The article goes on to reference Exodus 21:22 and 23, which “prescribes the same penalty—death—for someone who causes the death of a baby in the womb as for someone who commits murder,” adding, “This law and its punishment clearly indicate that God considers a baby in the womb to be just as much a human being as a full-grown adult.”

Former Planned Parenthood abortion clinic director turned pro-life activist Dr. Abby Johnson told CBN News in December that “evil” is present at all abortion facilities, not just those that advertise it.

 “While the [TST] clinic was created and named to stir controversy and anger, it doesn’t cover the fact that evil runs rampant there – and in all abortion clinics,” Johnson said. “Satan loves nothing more than to attack the family and the most innocent among us in his effort to accumulate souls. 

She added, “Women deserve better than believing abortion is their best or only option. Motherhood is profoundly joyous, even despite the difficulties, and throwing that away in favor of the myriad of reasons women tell themselves they need abortion is a true tragedy. They are missing out on so many gifts that having a child brings. Nothing is worth intentionally ending the life of your unborn baby – especially to the demonic chants of a Satanic ritual.”