Activists lay out plans for Roe vs. Wade protests outside Catholic churches on Mother’s Day


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Activist groups are planning demonstrations to defend the right to abortion in front of Catholic churches on the occasion of Mother’s Day.

Plans target the religion of some Supreme Court justices after a High Court draft opinion quashing its 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision, which grants federal protections for abortion, was disclosed by an unknown source on Monday.

Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday confirmed that the draft opinion of Judge Samuel Alito in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was authentic – although the draft dates back to February and does not represent the current or definitive opinion of the court.

A group known as ‘Ruth Sent Us’, which has a TikTok account with over 20,000 followers, originally posted a video of a group of women wearing costumes inspired by Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaids Tale’ walking in what appears to be the front of a Catholic church during mass.

“For 2,000 years, the Catholic Church has been an institution for the enslavement of women,” one of the protesters can be heard saying in the video, which calls for protests between May 8 and May 14.


Other activist groups, including “Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights”, “Pro Choice with Heart”, “Strike for Choice” and others are calling for protests between May 8 and May 15.

Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights specifically calls for “actions outside of churches” on Mother’s Day.

“This action is demanded by a group of [S]Panish speaking women’s rights groups + activists across the country, including Bride’s March, the Dominican Women’s Development Center, Ni Una Menus and Las 17. Several cities will hold protests in front of prominent churches in their towns, these may look like a group of people holding signs wearing Handmaids Tale outfits, handing out flyers outside to worshipers, or having a die-in,” the group’s website reads.

Similar calls for protests outside churches are being made on Reddit.


“If the Supreme Court is going to take unambiguous theocratic action, then we should take a page out of the Christians’ book. It started in the church, so that’s where we should be treading. No freedom? No peace. That they love our songs,” reads one article.

Another message calls for “good old-fashioned sit-ins”: “Make our signs and go FILL the churches. Or wherever you prefer. Refuse to budge. Don’t say a word.”

Additionally, reports of vandalized churches surfaced last week after Alito’s draft notice was published.

Vandalism on the Church of the Sacred Heart of Mary.
(Marc Hass)

Catholic Association senior researcher Grazie Pozo, Ph.D., told Fox News Digital in a statement that “the anti-abortion, anti-child, anti-mother brigades have chosen Mother’s Day – everyday – to invade our sacred churches”.

“But then we already know that even life is not sacred to them. They are wasting their time. Believers will not be intimidated by their harassment and threats. And mothers know how to handle childish tantrums,” Pozo said.


Brian Burch, president of Catholic advocacy group CatholicVote, released a statement Thursday calling on the Biden administration and Attorney General Merrick Garland to protect churches ahead of planned protests, noting that targeted places of worship are against the law.

“Yet these threats to the safety of Catholic pastors and parishioners have been met with stunning silence from our Catholic President. Silence is not an option. President Biden must make it clear that targeting Catholic churches is indefensible and contrary to law,” the statement read. “…No religious believer in America should fear for their safety in going to church this Sunday, or any day.”

Neither the president nor Garland responded to calls to demonstrate outside churches.

A crowd of people gather outside the Supreme Court, Monday night, May 2, 2022, in Washington following reports of a leaked draft opinion by the court quashing Roe v.  Wade.

A crowd of people gather outside the Supreme Court, Monday night, May 2, 2022, in Washington following reports of a leaked draft opinion by the court quashing Roe v. Wade.
(AP Photo/Anna Johnson)

The 7-2 decision in Roe vs. Wade, which made it illegal to regulate abortions for women in their first trimester of pregnancy, came to pass on January 22, 1973, after months of deliberations and two rounds of court pleadings. The Supreme Court has ruled that state laws prohibiting abortions — except to save the life of the mother — are unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment, which states that no state “shall make or enforce any law which restricts the privileges or Immunities of Citizens” of the United States. States.

The Supreme Court could make a dramatic change in abortion case law by Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case of abortion in Mississippi. This could potentially allow states to radically alter access to the procedure.


Twenty-six states are certain or likely to ban abortion if Roe vs. Wade is canceled, according to the pro-abortion think tank Guttmacher Institute. Of these, 22 states already have total or near-total bans on books currently blocked by Roe, with the exception of Texas. The state law banning it after six weeks has already been allowed to go into effect by the Supreme Court because of its unusual civil enforcement structure. Four other states are considered likely to quickly enact bans if Roe is overturned.

Meanwhile, sixteen states and the District of Columbia have protected access to abortion in state law.

Fox News’ Tyler O’Neil, Sam Dorman and Associated Press contributed to this article.

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