After days of protesting in front of the Supreme Court, pro-abortion groups are now targeting Catholic churches for Mother’s Day protests in the wake of the leaked opinion draft that indicates SCOTUS will likely reverse its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
Citing the religion of “six extremist” Supreme Court justices, the pro-abortion group Ruth Sent Us took to Twitter and publicly called for activists to disrupt church services on Sunday, May 8.
“Whether you’re a ‘Catholic for Choice,’ ex-Catholic, of other or no faith, recognize that six extremist Catholics set out to overturn Roe,” the organization tweeted. “Stand at or in a local Catholic Church Sun May 8.”
The call to action included a video of protestors, dressed up in “Handmaid’s Tale” costumes — a show based on a Margaret Atwood novel about rape and forced motherhood — disrupting a church service. Over the top of the video is the caption: “Challenge Time! Do you dare to chant in your local church?”
Whether you’re a “Catholic for Choice”, ex-Catholic, of other or no faith, recognize that six extremist Catholics set out to overturn Roe. Stand at or in a local Catholic Church Sun May 8. #WarOnWomen #MothersDayStrike pic.twitter.com/v2vtpd12Gp
— Ruth Sent Us 🪧 (@RuthSentUs) May 3, 2022
Meanwhile, another pro-abortion organization, Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights, is using Mother’s Day to kick off a “week of action,” with “Actions Outside of Churches” planned, Fox News reports.
“This action is called for by a collective of spanish [sic] speaking women’s rights groups + activists across the country, including from Bride’s March, Dominican Women’s Development Center, Ni Una Menus, and Las 17,” the organization’s event schedule states. “Several cities will be hosting protests outside of prominent churches in their towns, these can look like a group of people holding signs wearing Handmaids [sic] Tale outfits, passing out flyers outside to church goers or doing a die-in.”
But these militant groups aren’t just playing dress-up.
As American Wire News reported Thursday, Ruth Sent Us published online the home addresses of Justices Amy Coney Barrett, John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas, and Neil Gorsuch and have urged activists to descend upon their private residences to protest. The group went so far as to provide a well-marked Google map to each of the Justices’ homes.
Fox News reported that “there has been a strong police presence at the justices’ homes following the leak” of the opinion draft.
Around the Supreme Court, a “nonscalable” fence, similar to the one erected around the Capitol following the Jan. 6 riot, has been erected.
Heavy-duty fencing has been put up around the US Supreme Court following protests & threats of violence by the left over abortion. The same type of fencing was put up around the Portland federal courthouse due to #Antifa attacks in 2020. It remains today. pic.twitter.com/a2hIve2Tu7
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) May 5, 2022
On Tuesday night, property and statues at the Sacred Heart of Mary Church in Boulder, CO, were damaged with pro-abortion graffiti and a window was smashed, according to The Denver Post. “My Body My Choice” was sprayed across a church door and “Keep Your Religion Off Our Bodies” marred an exterior wall.
This is the second attack on this church in eight months.
“We knew that the upcoming Supreme Court decision might lead to this again, so I can’t say we were entirely surprised this morning,” said Mark Haas, an archdiocese spokesman. “We’ve certainly had internal discussions on simple ways parishes can improve their security.”
“It is unfortunate that the attacks against our Catholic parishes have resumed, and very troubling when our parishioners show up for Mass to find their Church has been targeted,” Haas said.
Leftists organize protests outside homes of ‘six extremist justices’, publish addresses as Court fence goes up https://t.co/Jbpb4bSx8O
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) May 5, 2022
CatholicVote, a national Catholic advocacy group, has called on “President Joe Biden and other leaders in Washington to publicly condemn any effort to disrupt Catholic Masses or to doxx Supreme Court justices and their families,” according to a statement from the group released Thursday.
“In the wake of the shameless leak of a draft opinion of the Supreme Court, pro-abortion groups are now threatening to disrupt Catholic churches and to protest outside the homes of Supreme Court justices this Sunday,” said CatholicVote President Brian Burch.
“President Biden must immediately and forcibly condemn these domestic terrorist threats,” Burch continued. “Anti-Catholic zealots are plotting to intimidate and harass Catholics across the country, along with justices and their families.”
“This country was built on freedom of speech and freedom of religion,” said Burch. “The President of the United States must stand up for both.”
But so far, there is no indication that the White House has any plans to stand up for either, at least with respect to the doxxed justices.
At the White House press briefing Thursday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked by Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy if she thought the “progressive activists” who plan to protest outside the justices’ homes are “extreme.”
“Peaceful protests?” replied Psaki. “No. Peaceful protest is not extreme.”
"Do you think…planning protests outside some of the [Supreme Court] justices' houses are extreme?"
PSAKI: ………… pic.twitter.com/5kYJeGwNvk
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) May 6, 2022
“Some of these justices have young kids,” Doocy pressed. “Their neighbors are not all public figures. Would the president think about waiving off activists that want to go into residential neighborhoods in Virginia and Maryland?”
“Peter, look, I think our view here is that peaceful protests — there’s a long history in the United States and in the country of that, and we certainly encourage people to keep it peaceful and not resort to any level of violence,” Psaki responded.
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