A pro-abortion feminist ran topless through the Vatican on Christmas Day and attempted to steal a model of baby Jesus from the Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square.
The woman, a member of the radical pro-abortion group Femen, said she was protesting the Catholic Church’s opposition to abortion and contraception.
Vatican police said they arrested the woman, identified as Alisa Vinogradova, before she could steal the baby doll, the Daily Mail reports.
Naked from the waist up, she had the words “God is woman” painted on her back in black, the report states. Vinogradova performed the lewd act in front of tens of thousands of people who were gathered to hear Pope Francis deliver his Christmas message, according to the report.
Femen described Vinogradova as a “sextremist.” The pro-abortion feminist group has tried similar acts in the past.
Here’s more from CNN:
Femen stated that the act was meant to protest the “Vatican’s infringement of the rights of women to their own bodies.” The alleged infringements included the Holy See’s “promotion of the ban on abortion” and “‘sacred condemnation'” of contraception.
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The would-be theft was thwarted by Vatican police before the woman could flee the nativity scene with the baby Christ doll.
The Catholic Church has long been targeted by Femen for its conservative policies and traditional views on women in society. In 2014, the group tried to steal the baby Jesus from the Christmas nativity scene at the Vatican.
Both snatch attempts were unsuccessful, but the group pushes the same message: “A child is not from a god, but from a woman! For a woman is God!”
In 2013, Femen also protested a Christmas Mass in Cologne, Germany. One of the topless women disrupted the Mass by jumping on the altar and screaming, the words “I am god” painted on her bare chest. Another protest turned violent in Spain in 2014 when topless Femen protesters hurled objects at Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela as he attempted to enter a local Catholic Church.
The radical pro-abortion group particularly targets the Catholic Church; however, it also has protested major pro-life events, such as the Walk for Life in San Francisco, California. In 2016, a group of topless protesters tried to disrupt David Daleiden, the man behind the videos exposing Planned Parenthood selling aborted babies’ body parts, as he was speaking at the march.