A group of pro-abortion activists stormed into a Columbus, Ohio Catholic church on Jan. 22, disrupting a service held to mark the anniversary of Roe. v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States.
The intimidation attack occurred at St. Joseph Cathedral Downtown during its annual Respect Life Mass, reported The Columbus Dispatch.
The protesters were escorted out by law enforcement and diocese officials after marching through the sanctuary shouting about the right to kill the unborn and waving signs such as “fund abortion not cops.” They also shouted profanity and slogans like “two, four, six, eight, this church teaches hate.”
A number of children were present at the Mass.
Columbus authorities on Saturday had no information about any arrests.
Catholic Diocese of Columbus Bishop Robert Brennan, who was officiating at the service, said in a statement: “Today during our Respect Life Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral, a group of protesters entered this sacred space in an attempt to disrupt our worship. I am deeply thankful to the Columbus Police, assisted by diocesan staff, for the quick response without injury to anyone present.”
The protesters may have been emboldened by Joe Biden’s vow the same day to codify Roe v. Wade. “The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to codifying Roe v. Wade and appointing judges that respect foundational precedents like Roe,” the White House had said.
The attack comes shortly after a church in California that condemned homosexuality was damaged by a homemade bomb.