Pro-choice protesters dressed as characters from The Handmaid's Tale
The outfit from 'The Handmaid's Tale' is common garb for many pro-choice protesters.

Is nothing sacred?

That’s what many Catholics are saying after Mother’s Day Sunday masses were besieged by pro-choice protestors picketing the Church’s pro-life stance on abortion.

Pro-choice activists disrupted services in multiple cities in an apparent effort to call attention to Catholicism's role in opposing abortion. 

The protests are part of broader unrest nationwide following a leaked Supreme Court document that seems to indicate that the nation’s highest court will overturn Roe v. Wade.

While outraged Catholics took to social media to air their frustrations, the pro-choice activists who organized the events argued that interrupting mass is entirely justified considering the Church’s long shadow in the fight against legal abortion.

Disrupting the Masses

Dressed in the signature red shrouds and white hoods of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ several protesters entered the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles on Mother’s Day in protest of the Catholic Church’s anti-abortion stance.

A video viewed nearly 1.5 million times on Twitter alone shows the protesters carrying a pro-choice sign down church aisles, before being escorted out by security and a handful of parishioners.

Protesters in Seattle similarly took their cause to the pews, demonstrating on the steps outside St. James Cathedral. Wearing hospital gowns with bloody marks over their wombs and bearing wire hangers as props, they laid motionless on the steps of the cathedral before trying to make their way inside – although security stopped them from actually getting in. 

Is Church Off Limits?

The incidents – just two of many that occurred nationwide – have sparked a debate on just where the line is when it comes to protesting. Is it okay to disrupt worship for a cause you believe in?

Some say that interrupting the religious worship of anyone is wildly disrespectful, regardless of the issues. And many have pointed out that while pro-life demonstrations are a common sight outside Planned Parenthood, they don’t enter the clinic themselves to share their message.

Pro-choice advocates, however, argue that this is a matter of life and death. If Roe is reversed, women will die, they say. The Catholic Church, they argue, will have their blood on its hands.

It's worth noting that nearly half of U.S. states have ‘trigger laws’ that will immediately ban abortion – in whole or part – the moment Roe is reversed.

What do you think? Is Sunday church service fair game for pro-choice protests? Or is disrupting worship in sacred spaces a bridge too far?

39 comments

  1. Shirley Jean Davis's Avatar Shirley Jean Davis

    Jesus never mentioned pro or con on prolife, so please leave him out of this struggle. It's a purely human one.

    1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      Shirley, if Jesus really existed I bet he said a lot of things those retards didn't put in the bible. How can anyone put everything someone said in 33 years, in a book? They only put the things he supposedly said that they wanted people to know about, and abide by. Everything someone says in just one year would take up far more pages than what's in the New Testament.

    2. Richard Darwin Richards's Avatar Richard Darwin Richards

      He was always ministering to and healing the children. We kind of take that as pro life!!!

      1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

        I should think so. If he truly was the god of the Old Testament he was perhaps trying to make up for butchering them back in the day before he impregnated Mary and created himself.

        Weird right? And people actually believe this BS 🤷🏼

        🦁♥️

    3. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

      I wonder if Jesus ever really existed, and if he did, I wonder what he ever really said 🤔

      🦁❤️

  1. Eric James Hudnall's Avatar Eric James Hudnall

    Reading through these comments breaks my heart. We are a broken community.

    1. Richard Darwin Richards's Avatar Richard Darwin Richards

      It makes one wonder why Jesus would ever come back to this!

    2. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      Eric, if we all agreed with each other this blog wouldn't exist.

      1. Eric James Hudnall's Avatar Eric James Hudnall

        It's not the disagreement I take issue with, it's the lack of civility. Some of these comments are nothing but hate and vitriol, well beyond any value to debate.

        1. John Bolen's Avatar John Bolen

          Well said

        2. Richard Darwin Richards's Avatar Richard Darwin Richards

          I am saddened by the hate speech as well. The apple hasn't fallen far from the tree.

  1. John P Maher's Avatar John P Maher

    THE CATHOLIC CHURCH MAFIA ! THE BIGGEST CORRUPT ENTITY in THE WORLD, MONEY, MONEY, MONEY NO GOD. PRIVATE COUNTRY, BULLSHYTE EXTRAVEGANZA PASS THE PLATE, GET REAL PEOPLE, NOTHING ABOUT the VATICAN is PEACE,LOVE, CHARITY, ETC, ETC, ETC, from THE BANK and I ...............

    1. Peggyann  Johnson-Hansen's Avatar Peggyann Johnson-Hansen

      Wow, you really hate the Catholic Church. Your comments target one church, however, you need to look at all the doctrines of all churches to make a fair judgement. What you may not know is that the Catholic Church does allow the death of a child under extreme circumstances. That is not the case with all Christian churches across the board. The seeking of power, greed, and domination can and does seep into many Christian and Catholic churches. Check out other doctrines of various churches in the name of Christianity and you will find the treatment of many cultures and people that historically have caused the death and destruction of humanity that differed from a church's beliefs and interpretation of scripture.

      1. Richard Darwin Richards's Avatar Richard Darwin Richards

        Christ is under attack yet again!

  1. Richard Darwin Richards's Avatar Richard Darwin Richards

    Jesus is pro life all the way!!!

    1. Joe Stutler's Avatar Joe Stutler

      His dad, however.... genocidal psychopath. Amazing so many actually worship that mythological critter....that's some serious stupid/evil right there.

    2. Matthew Mastrogiovanni's Avatar Matthew Mastrogiovanni

      His father isn't. Killed his own son, Jesus, against his will.. Killed a whole bunch of first born's. Wiped out the whole world with a flood. God is not and never has been pro-life.

      1. Richard Darwin Richards's Avatar Richard Darwin Richards

        There is no excuse for humans butchering each other, ALL lives matter!

    3. Susan Colmenares's Avatar Susan Colmenares

      Jesús was never pregnant.

      1. Dawn Moneyhan's Avatar Dawn Moneyhan

        Thank you for saying this!

      2. Richard Darwin Richards's Avatar Richard Darwin Richards

        Jesus is God and can do anything He wants, even be pregnant!

  1. Ealdormon Piparskeggr Robinson's Avatar Ealdormon Piparskeggr Robinson

    Though I disagree with the Catholic Church's position, do think that worship services should be off limits. I'd apply that to pro-lifers protesting during services at a progressive denomination's church.

    I think abortion should be legal, safe and rare. The decision should be between the woman, those she trusts and her doctor.

    1. John Bolen's Avatar John Bolen

      I agree with you thoughts on abortion . I don't think any church service should be interrupted . If someone doesn't like what a church or denomination is putting out , then they should find one that fits their beliefs.

  1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

    Just because Jesus didn't have an abortion doesn't mean he didn't think about it.

  1. Peggyann  Johnson-Hansen's Avatar Peggyann Johnson-Hansen

    The Ten Commandments of God in the Old Testament state "Thou shall not commit murder." It is true that God does not reveal the specifics in relationship to abortion at any stage of human growth. However, it is worthy to note that the life of the said child contains fifty percent each of the mother and father's DNA, which develops into a unique individual in his or her own right to life. The semantics relating to the rights of life have to include the child that remains a combination of fifty percent of the mother and father, thus creating a new unique individual. Why do we as humans believe we have our own rights to live, while eliminating the child(s) right to live? In effect we have become a society where human culling continues to occur at any stage of the development of a human individual. If we see our humanity equal to that of an animal, then such culling seems acceptable. However, if one believes that each individual, however conceived, is an individual created by God in image above that of an animal then culling remains an afront to God our Creator.

    1. Richard Darwin Richards's Avatar Richard Darwin Richards

      So true! Our society has become so ugly and has no respect for ANY life let alone decency and manners!

    2. Dawn Moneyhan's Avatar Dawn Moneyhan

      The first point is in your first sentence. You are allowed to hold fast to your belief system, however, it is YOURS and does not apply to others. The big debate is over when life actually begins. That is a religious debate and differs from person to person. We live in a nation where we are allowed freedom of (and from) religion. One cannot declare when they believe life to begin as a blanket statement that applies to all people. It doesn't work that way. Among the Christian religions the debate seems to be about which part of their Bibles and what version of the Bible each is using. Some believe it is at conception, some believe it is at "first breath". Everyone is entitled to their beliefs. Reversing Roe v Wade takes that protected right away from every woman in the country and hands it over to a lower government to declare for her. Some republicans in Congress are already talking out loud about making it a federal ban as soon as they hold the power again to do it, at which time they will be declaring their belief system as law over every woman in our country.

      I don't much care who believes what, so long as they aren't hurting others around them. This is a constitutional right that is being invaded and taken away from us.

      Also just a reminder.. we ARE animals too. We are 1 species of many millions of species that inhabit this planet. We are not always (or often, it seems) the smartest species. We are not better than any other species. We only have 1 planet to share together. Christianity has not only condoned but led the genocide of peoples around the globe since its conception. Then it spend the rest of history covering it up, hiding it, ignoring it, and eventually attempting to justify it somehow using excuses. If Christianity had won then I wouldn't exist today. If Christianity had won my entire family would never have existed.

      I find it hypocritical to defend Christianity and all of its atrocities and then claim any kind of "pro life" stance. I could offer you nightmarish stories of how Christianity helped raise me to hate myself, to believe I was dirty and uncivilized, to be pitied and molded to save me.

      As for invading church services... I am remembering the abortion clinic bombings and protests where healthcare facilities were invaded by angry Christians who caused a lot of destruction and death. These people are making a peaceful statement and not hurting anyone. How can the church even begin to complain?

      1. Richard Darwin Richards's Avatar Richard Darwin Richards

        You are definitely acting like an animal! You do have a choice not to!

  1. William Dusenberry's Avatar William Dusenberry

    Overpopulation is responsible for each of the following major social problems; ergo those steadfastly opposed to the use of birth control are clearly enemies of all societies— including their own.

    To oppose population control, in this day and age, is to participate in the extinction of the human species.

    Snoring culprits (besides the arrogant Roman Catholic Church) the Southern Baptists; MAGA’ers; White Christian Nationalist Evangelicals; the GOP in general, and the GOP in particular, all major supernatural religions, apathy, ignorance, superstition — and a complete lack of awareness of anything to do with demography.

    Religion brought about the “Dark Ages” and now, due to its refusal to readily observe how overpopulation is destroying the Earth — humankind is in the verge of extinction.

    There is absolutely nothing supernatural that any human mind can comprehend — yet about seven billion humans admit to a beliefin the supernatural

    How pathetic

    1. Teresa de Jesús Cruces's Avatar Teresa de Jesús Cruces

      Hello everyone,

      Disagreement should never be mistaken for disrespect. People are allowed to disagree with each other. Until we better grasp the conditions for mutual understanding, our disputes are unproductive. Unplanned pregnancy is a significant problem in our society. Those who oppose abortion think that the best way to reduce the number of abortions is to make it (Illegal). Thousands of women die worldwide from unsafe abortion, and numerous others suffer grave injuries ( hemorrhaging, infections, etc.). These have nothing to do with religion. It has to do with cultivating our Society; it is about the lack of education on family planning and related issues. Community family planning should be central to achieving a low abortion rate. This way, unwanted pregnancies would be reduced through successful strategies ( sex education, family planning, etc.). The world needs to educate itself in another way; having a better understanding of the evolution of our consciousness. Peace Profound Blessings Teresa www.luzimperium.com

  1. James Grainger's Avatar James Grainger

    Why should churches be off limits, they have been at the center of controversy since the beginning. A woman or child who is the victim of rape or incest has the right to decide. It is between her and her God, not you and your God. I also believe that a time limit is necessary, after 4 - 6 weeks, it is to late to abort

  1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

    As long as they were not causing any problems and as long as they were not blocking a public sidewalk or entrance to the church or harassing the people wanting to go into the church, there shouldnt be a problem. ON the other hand the second they start any of the above, then they get told to leave or else as a persons rights do not stop because it ticks off someone else.

  1. Robert Gagnon's Avatar Robert Gagnon

    Jesus never mentioned the subject. Attacking Catholics is way off base. Most Catholics are not radical haters of abortion. The Evangelists are the folks you want to go after. I am of the opinion that abortion should be put to the vote, and let the people decide. No one is happy with these so called representatives that have infiltrated our government. America grows closer to apartheid every day. Let the true majority decide.

  1. Frank Peter Guarino's Avatar Frank Peter Guarino

    Sanctuary is defined as a place of refuge or safety. Being a retired U.S. Marine and an International Humanitarian Law Instructor I can assure you that churches have been a no touch policy for decades. Problem is, it's a no touch policy for those that abide by policies. Religious warfare has been going on for centuries even in B.C. times. Americans, though, are not used to resistance, hence the shock and awe of these non policy abiders. The people in L.A., that went into the church blatantly violated the sanctity of churches, while the ones in Seattle abided by it. Like many protesters, they're hearts are in the right place but they're not using their brains to get a constructive message across. These groups should really be protesting their state and federal legislative groups and elected officials for their failure to make an actual law since the Roe v. Wade decision was made nearly 50 years ago. On the federal level, a SCOTUS Ruling/ Decision is only as valid as an Executive Order by the President. A law is passed by the legislative branch and is interpreted by the Judicial Branch, hence the checks and balances.

  1. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

    Everyone who is pro-abortion was deliberately not aborted.

  1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

    Whatever happened to the baby that Jesus and St. Judas had together. I bet one of those hermaphrodites got a secret abortion.

  1. Nicholas J Page's Avatar Nicholas J Page

    Its a woman's body and personal choice to have an abortion. Keep this sort of subject quiet. I don't want to read about it in the media or social media What upsets me most .Is through no fault of their own .Some women like my wife can't have kids due to a medical problem and I had the snip many years ago as I have 2 grown up daughters. To be honest I hate the A word.

  1. JPrime's Avatar JPrime

    Anti-choice protesters that stand in front of a clinic are not legally allowed to enter the property. But if it was allowed, I can practically guarantee that they would be flocking in like avenging vultures, ready to acost those who have made their choice with all the rhetoric and guilt they can carry in those little flyers! Shoving pictures of the results of dead products of conception and all the misinformation that goes with it into the faces of those already traumatized by what needs to happen. Well, I say “facts before feelings”. Your religious beliefs are just that, your feelings. And while you are entitled to feel ALL your feelings, no one should be forced to live by them. I am pro-choice, but do not agree with abortion as birth control. I do, however, agree that a person has the RIGHT to choose what they do to/with their own body. Period. You can feel what you feel, but standing in the way of someone’s choice because it’s not what you believe or would choose for yourself? No, this is not the way. Everyone is different, everyone’s situation is different and you are not the authority over someone else’s choice. You don’t believe in abortion? Don’t have one! If you’re a guy, do your part to prevent abortions: have a vasectomy. Does that thought make you uncomfortable? Hmmm…I wonder why that is…

    1. Richard Darwin Richards's Avatar Richard Darwin Richards

      To add further rights to our bodies , our choice, vaccines and masks should not be enforced against our will!

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