Abortion Activists Vandalize Church’s Pro-Life Display Three Times, Destroy Memorial Crosses

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 6, 2019   |   12:26AM   |   Harrisburg, PA

A Pennsylvania church was vandalized for a third time in late October after setting up a display to remember the millions of babies who have been killed in abortions.

LifeNews.com reported about the earlier vandalism at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Buckingham, in the middle of October.

This week, Patch.com reported a third act of vandalism that happened sometime between Oct. 25 and 27 at the church. The report did not describe the specific nature of the vandalism, but a photo accompanying the article shows several white crosses pulled out of the ground and broken.

Local police said they are investigating.

“We are requesting help from the public,” Buckingham Township Police said in response to the latest crime.

Anyone with information about the incidents should call the Buckingham Township Police Department Criminal Investigative Unit at 215-794-8812.

In October, volunteers at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church set up the pro-life display for Respect Life month, according to a news release. The 61 crosses in the display symbolized the 61 million babies who have been aborted since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion on demand in 1973.

Describing the second vandalism, the Rev. Monsignor Joseph P. Gentili said 40 of the crosses were torn out of the ground, broken and thrown into piles sometime on Oct. 12. He said two signs that read “Stop surgical abortions” also were stolen from the display.

Gentili said he reported the vandalism to the local police, and the church is increasing security measures. He said the incident is being filed as a hate crime.

“Our simple and poignant message to express our respect for human life and to urge others to join with us in bringing the tragedy of abortion to an end, apparently is not appreciated nor shared by some others in our local community,” he wrote in a letter to the congregation that was shared with LifeNews. “Be that as it may be, it is sad and lamentable that we continue to struggle for the right to live and express ourselves in a democratic society that is supposed to take pride in basic and fundamental freedoms.”

In response to the crime, the church held a prayer vigil on Oct. 19.

The church is located north of Philadelphia where, earlier this year, a state lawmaker filmed himself bullying young pro-life teenagers and an older woman outside a Planned Parenthood abortion facility. State Rep. Brian Sims, an abortion activist and Democrat, bullied the peaceful pro-life advocates and then offered $100 for the identities of three teenage girls who were praying outside with their mother. Sims never publicly apologized to the pro-life advocates, and he remains in office.

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Around the same time, another Catholic church in Philadelphia was vandalized with pro-abortion graffiti.

LifeNews.com has documented an alarming uptick in incidents targeting pro-lifers this year. They include: