Ohio police had to forcibly remove abortion activists from a pro-life mass Friday morning in Columbus where families with young children gathered to pray for unborn babies.
The Columbus Dispatch reports about eight abortion activists disrupted the Respect Life Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral Downtown.
The Catholic Church held the mass on the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade to pray that legal protections will be restored to unborn babies. Photos from the newspaper show pro-lifers of all ages gathered to worship, including families with young children.
At some point during the service, abortion activists entered the church with signs and began shouting, “Two, four, six, eight, this church teaches hate!” as they walked around the sanctuary, according to the report.
They carried signs that read “Fund abortion, not cops” and “Abortion on demand, end Hyde now,” referring to the Hyde Amendment, which bans taxpayer-funded abortions. Photos show one wearing a pink Planned Parenthood T-shirt.
A video on the Dispatch website shows a police officer forcibly removing at least one abortion activist and escorting the others out of the church. Outside, the video shows several of them giving the middle finger and shouting “f— you” to the police and churchgoers who were standing in front of the door.
It is not clear if any charges are being filed against them.
According to the newspaper, the Catholic Diocese of Columbus holds the pro-life mass every year to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that forced states to legalize abortion on demand. Columbus Bishop Robert Brennan and Bishop Edward Malesic of Cleveland led the mass.
In October, abortion activists also disrupted church services in Poland after the country’s high court ruled that allowing abortions on unborn babies with disabilities was discrimination. And in Mexico, pro-abortion feminists smashed windows and tried to break into a church where children and families were worshiping last March.
Other recent incidents include pro-life signs being stolen from four Catholic Churches and two schools in Diocese of Charlotte. And in Florida, a man was sentenced for making death threats against a pro-life Christian organization.
Harassment, vandalism, violence and bullying against pro-lifers has become increasingly common. LifeNews.com recorded more than 100 reports of assault, vandalism, harassment and other incidents in 2019 and dozens more in 2020.