Hugs and Kisses for Satan is The Satanic Temple’s Valentine’s Day fundraiser for reproductive rights.

The Satanic Temple (TST) has filed a state and federal lawsuit against the state of Missouri on behalf of a pregnant woman seeking an abortion. In addition to this, The Satanic Temple organized a Valentine’s Day fundraiser to support their lawsuit against the State of Missouri. Dubbed the “Hugs and Kisses for Satan” fundraising drive, the initiative aims to raise money to fund the lawsuits over the mandatory waiting periods and mandatory reading materials that Missouri requires all women seeking abortions to read.

Missouri law obligates women seeking lawful abortions to read material claiming that life begins at conception. The women must also go through a 72-hour waiting period before they can be given the greenlight to have the procedure performed. TST believes this is unconstitutional and the laws violate their belief in the inviolability of an individual’s body.

The Satanic Temple wants those willing to participate in the fundraising drive to get sponsors to contribute a specific amount of money for each hug and/or kiss that the participant will receive during Valentine’s Day. To this end, willing participants will be given pledge sheets, contact sheets and an XO card. The pledge sheet is for willing sponsors, while the XO card will be used to solicit for hugs and kisses. The people who agree to give the participants a hug or kiss will then be asked to share their contact details on the contact sheet.

The Temple also urges participants to be on their best behavior and to move on quickly if a person exhibits disinterest in giving a hug or kiss. This is so as to avoid any form of harassment during the fundraising drive.

The legal lawsuits and the fundraising drive come in the wake of a women’s march and protest on the day Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. Planned Parenthood played a big role in organizing the protests, in order to pass a message to the new administration that reproductive rights and gains made for women over the years could not be rolled back without a fight.

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