Pro-abortion protesters firebombed a church Sunday during violent rallies in Trelew, Argentina.
Crux reports police arrested 10 protesters after they threw Molotov cocktails at a Catholic church and the Trelew City Hall and painted graffiti on stores, homes and churches across the city.
The protest, National Encounter of Women, brought about 50,000 abortion activists to the city streets where they carried signs that read “Abort your heterosexuality” and “Church and State, separate affair.” They also called for “free, legal and safe abortions.”
Some women protested topless, throwing stones and flaming objects at Our Lady Auxiliadora church, according to the report. People reportedly were inside the church praying while the violence occurred outside; there was no mention of injuries.
Argentina protects unborn babies from abortion in all circumstances. Abortions are allowed if the mother’s life is threatened.
Here’s more from the report:
According to a civil organization called “Young people for family and life,” the government of Trelew had “advised” its population of 100,000, double the amount of people who participated in the feminist gathering, to stay in their homes during the rally and Catholic faithful to avoid going to church on Sunday.
National media had reported earlier on Sunday that a gas station had been temporarily closed for selling gas in plastic bottles to demonstrators.
This year’s event was particularly significant as it comes only months after Argentina’s Congress voted against a bill that would have legalized abortion on demand until week 14, something the group organizing the event has advocated for decades.
After the vote in August, abortion activists threw firebombs and glass at riot police and pro-lifers on the streets of Buenos Aires.
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The South American country has faced some of the most violent pro-abortion protests in the world. In October 2017, they staged another violent, topless protest to demand taxpayer-funded abortions and cultural acceptance of prostitution. Local news reports indicate the pro-abortion protesters threw rocks, a Molotov cocktail, bottles, tampons and feces, as well as balloons filled with paint. They also vandalized walls with messages such as “Death to the pope” and “Lesbianize yourself.”
In 2013, a mob of abortion activists allegedly attacked pro-life people who were praying at the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista in San Juan de Cuyo. LifeNews reported about similar violent protests in 2015 and March 2017.
Argentina, like many other South American countries, has been facing intense international pressure to legalize abortion. Human Rights Watch, which receives funding from American billionaire George Soros, has been pushing its abortion agenda on Argentina for years.
But grassroots support for pro-life laws remains strong. Some of the strongest pro-life voices are people who realize they could have been aborted. A man named Christian shared his story with lawmakers in May.
He said his mother had been raped at a very young age and became pregnant with him. Rather than consider abortion, she made an adoption plan with a family who she knew would take good care of him, he said.
“The question we should ask ourselves today is not when does life begin, but rather how much is a life worth. Let’s all allow other babies to be born, as I was able to be born, because otherwise I would have been another aborted baby,” Christian said.