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The White House defended the “fundamental right to protest” on Sunday but warned against efforts to “bully” others at planned pro-abortion protests at Catholic churches across the country.
Several activist groups are planning protests in defense of abortion rights outside Catholic churches on Mother’s Day and the following Sunday after a Supreme Court draft opinion threatened to overturn Roe v . Wade.
A group known as ‘Ruth Sent Us’, which has a TikTok account with over 20,000 followers, posted a video of a group of women wearing costumes inspired by Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaids Tale’ walking through what appeared to be the front of a Catholic Church during mass.
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“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.
Other activist groups, including “Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights”, “Pro Choice with Heart” and “Strike for Choice”, are calling for demonstrations between May 8 and May 15.
Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights specifically called 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.
Pro-abortion protesters also marched to the homes of Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday night for a “candlelight vigil for Roe vs. Wade.” A left-wing group called ShutDown DC plans to hold another protest outside the home of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on May 9.
Anti-abortion group Wisconsin Family Action said vandals threw at least one Molotov cocktail at their Madison headquarters over the weekend.
The group of activists “Ruth sent us” threatened Friday to “burn the Eucharist”, to show its “disgust for the abuses that the Catholic Churches have tolerated for centuries”.
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A White House official told Fox News Digital in a statement on Sunday that President Biden opposes any “attempts to intimidate” protesters.
“As Jen reiterated last week, the President has made it clear throughout his career in public life that Americans have a fundamental right to protest under the Constitution, regardless of their views,” the manager said. “But demonstrations must be peaceful and free from violence, vandalism or attempts to intimidate, which he condemns in any case.”
Speaking at a press group on Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden had no opinion on using the protests to sway Supreme Court opinions. .
“The president believes in peaceful protests,” Psaki said. “He thinks it’s part of our democracy and part of the history of the United States and this country. But he also respects and understands the independence of the third branch of government, and – I mean, obviously, the department Justice – but also the role of the Supreme Court and what it does.
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Two Republican lawmakers are pressuring the Justice Department to take threats against churches more seriously.
Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, sent a letter Saturday to Attorney General Merrick Garland asking him to mobilize the resources needed to protect churches under threat from vandalism and disruptive protests.
“We are writing to you today extremely concerned by multiple reports surfacing that left-wing activists intend to protest, and possibly disrupt, church services this weekend in direct response to the leaked opinion. written by Judge Alito that would overturn Roe v. Wade,” Lee and Roy wrote.
Lawmakers noted that a stark example of anti-Christian vandalism has already been documented after Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Colorado was vandalized on Wednesday with anti-religious and right to freedom graffiti. abortion.
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“Regardless of its position on abortion, the free exercise of religion is a fundamental tenet of our Constitution,” Lee and Roy wrote. “We condemn behavior that undermines the freedom to exercise religious beliefs and respectfully ask that you promptly alert and coordinate resources with state and local law enforcement to ensure that any organized effort across the country is properly addressed and that the rights of Americans are protected.”
Fox News’ Timothy HJ Nerozzi, Adam Sabes, Audrey Conklin and Tyler O’Neil contributed to this article.
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