Will pro-abortion protests in Catholic churches have an effect on the upcoming midterm elections for Democrats?

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Several pro-choice protests and vandalism at Catholic churches across the country following a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that showed federal abortion protections could soon be under threat. But it’s unclear whether such protests will have an impact on Catholic voters.

Plans for the Mother’s Day protests – orchestrated mostly via social media sites like Twitter, TikTok and Reddit – appear to target the religion of some Supreme Court justices after the High Court’s draft opinion quashing its decision of 1973 Roe v. Wade, which grants federal abortion protections, was disclosed to the public last week.

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Abortion rights activists gather outside a Catholic church in midtown Manhattan to voice support for women’s right to choose on May 7, 2022 in New York City.
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As previously reported, 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 ‘The Handmaids Tale’. of Margaret Atwood walking through what appears to be the front of a Catholic church during mass.

Other activist groups – including “Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights”, “Pro Choice with Heart”, “Strike for Choice” and others – are also calling for protests between May 8 and May 15. vandalized surfaced last week after Judge Samuel Alito’s draft opinion was released.

Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote, a nonprofit conservative political advocacy group, told Fox News Digital over the weekend that he thinks Democrats are in hot water amid the protests. church going ahead of the midterm elections.

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“Democrats are in a difficult position,” Burch said. “Their base is calling for a comprehensive, unrestricted abortion rights policy, but the majority of voters are not with them. I think this is another example of Democrats misreading the public and going overboard. They did it on right parents, on schools, on the curriculum, on race and now on abortion.”

“The leaked opinion is actually a compromise on abortion,” Burch said. “It simply returns the matter to the states to find the best way to care for unborn children and their mothers. It does not impose anything. As far as Catholics are concerned, Catholics are very practical voters, c “That’s why a lot of them are swinging both political parties. I think the Democrats need some Catholics to win a lot of key races and to the extent that the Democrats align with the far left, I think that’s they are playing with fire.

Burch, discussing the destruction of Catholic churches over the years, said he believed there would be “universal condemnation among Catholics” regarding the recent vandalism. “Democrats and Republicans do not want to see their places of worship defaced or destroyed or their shrines and symbols destroyed.”

Vandalism on the Church of the Sacred Heart of Mary.
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Vandalism on the Church of the Sacred Heart of Mary.
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Burch also took aim at the Biden administration’s response to recent protests targeting Catholics and their faith, saying it’s “shameful he has yet to speak out against these overt threats.”

“I think this president has made it clear that he prioritizes his political success over his faith,” Burch said. “He did it on politics, and now he’s doing it on a very pressing issue, an important issue, regarding threats to Catholic church property.”

Ultimately, Burch said he believes Biden “will have no choice” to speak out against the protests if they spiral out of control. Burch said Catholic voters, and voters in general, were “looking for leadership.” Burch said Americans yearn for “political leaders who can bring the country together, who will respect the faith, not just property, but the faith and belief of millions of Americans.”

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“Like it or not, tens of millions of Americans believe we have an obligation to do all we can to protect unborn children in our democracy,” he said.

On the contrary, John White, a professor at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., told Fox News Digital that he thinks the current protests by pro-choice activists in Catholic churches across America are not hardly influence public opinion and that it is still too early to say with certainty how the actions of certain activists will influence Catholic voters.

“I’m not sure they stir public opinion that much,” White said. “You just see activists on both sides here. I think it’s a complicated issue, from a public opinion perspective, and I think it’s more nuanced than people realize.”

Pro-life activists confront a rally of pro-abortion protesters outside a Catholic church in midtown Manhattan on May 7, 2022 in New York City.

Pro-life activists confront a rally of pro-abortion protesters outside a Catholic church in midtown Manhattan on May 7, 2022 in New York City.
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Referring to a recent study by the Pew Research Center regarding public opinion on abortion, White said the public’s position on the issue of abortion has been “very stable over the decades.”

“Americans generally support first-trimester abortion, they don’t support it as a form of birth control,” he said. “They support it in terms of rape, incest, mother’s life, they don’t support second and third trimester abortion and that’s definitely been very, very stable over the years, frankly. So, I don’t think Roe’s end changes that aspect of public opinion.”

Noting that he thinks “reasoning matters,” White said he thinks a reversal of Roe v. Wade, if a dissent cited that abortion is not an enumerated right in the constitution, opens a “sort of pandora’s box of privacy rights, birth control, same-sex marriage, etc.”

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“As far as Catholics…if you look at Catholics who go to church — meaning once a week or more than that — they’re definitely on the pro-life side,” White said. “The decision might motivate them more, but they were already with Republicans, in general, anyway. It’s not necessarily the religious identity that people carry first and foremost in the voting booth like they did, say in 1960. The real divide now is between those who go to church regularly and those who don’t… That’s the real difference and it’s also very present among Catholics.

Anti-abortion activists and church members confront a pro-choice activist outside a Catholic church in midtown Manhattan to voice support for a woman's right to choose on May 07, 2022 At New York.

Anti-abortion activists and church members confront a pro-choice activist outside a Catholic church in midtown Manhattan to voice support for a woman’s right to choose on May 07, 2022 At New York.
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White said he thinks the ongoing protests won’t push Catholics who don’t attend church regularly to side with Republicans. “That might, in fact, move them a bit more toward the Democrats.”

“We still don’t know yet, it’s early,” White said of the effect on Catholic voters. “We don’t have the final opinion, but you have to think about what’s going to be on the minds of voters most in November. Is it going to be inflation, the economy or is it Is that going to be that problem? I still think it’s inflation and the economy in general.”

Reiterating that he does not believe “the protests are moving public opinion one way or the other,” White said the protests “show some intensity on both sides.”

In a statement to Fox News Digital, Dr. Grazie Christie, senior member of the Catholic Association, said “anti-child, anti-mother, anti-abortion squads have chosen Mother’s Day – everyday – to invade our sacred churches”.

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

Anti-abortion activists pray as pro-choice activists gather outside a Catholic church in midtown Manhattan to voice support for women's right to choose on May 7, 2022 in New York City.  Protests at the Basilica of Old St. Patrick's Cathedral, which take place weekly and where a small number of anti-abortion activists worship, have been given added urgency following the recent leak of the Supreme Court's ruling on Roe v.  Wade.

Anti-abortion activists pray as pro-choice activists gather outside a Catholic church in midtown Manhattan to voice support for women’s right to choose on May 7, 2022 in New York City. Protests at the Basilica of Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which take place weekly and where a small number of anti-abortion activists worship, have been given added urgency following the recent leak of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v. Wade.
(Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

A Guttmacher Institute study found that among women who had abortions in 2014, 62% declared a religious affiliation — 24% were Catholic, 17% were traditional Protestant, 13% were evangelical Protestant and 8% identified with another religion.

Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed last week that Alito’s draft opinion in 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.

Fox News’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this article.

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