A Catholic Church in Louisville, Colorado was vandalized with pro-abortion graffiti early Sunday morning, potentially in response to the new Texas heartbeat law.
The vandalism included defacing a church sign, sanctuary entry doors, a garden sign and the walls of the St. Louis Catholic Church, according to local police.
The Louisville Police Department believes three individuals caught on a security camera may be responsible for the vandalism. FOX 31 posted the security video on its website.
According to the Washington Times, people noticed the graffiti Sunday morning as they were arriving for Mass.
The vandals spray-painted pro-abortion talking points including “My body my choice” and “Bans off our bodies” on the church building and property, according to the report. They also spray-painted over a “Respect Life” garden stone with the words “Respect bodily autonomy,” according to photos provided by police.
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“The actions of these individuals are not representative of the residents of Louisville, nor do they reflect the mission of our city,” Police Chief Dave Hayes said in a statement. “The true representation of the community in Louisville are those that surrounded St. Louis Catholic Church and helped remove the graffiti Sunday after Mass.”
Police estimated that the vandalism occurred around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. They asked anyone with information to call police at 303-441-4444.
Police described the incident as “bias motivated criminal mischief.” It potentially could be linked to the wide-spread news coverage of the new Texas heartbeat law, which went into effect last week. Texas is the first state to be allowed to enforce a heartbeat law, and the legislation potentially could save tens of thousands of babies from abortion every year.
However, vandalism and other hostilities against pro-life advocates are growing.
Here’s more from the Washington Times:
The attack in Louisville, an upscale suburb of about 20,000, follows a national spike in vandalism and criminal mischief against Catholic churches, murals and statuary that began last summer amid the George Floyd protests.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which keeps a tally of the incidents, reported as of Aug. 24 at least 93 incidents in 28 states since May 2020, including “arson, statues beheaded, limbs cut, smashed, and painted, gravestones defaced with swastikas and anti-Catholic language and American flags next to them burned.”
LifeNews.com also recorded about 200 similar incidents against pro-lifers in the past three years, including a bomb threat during a 40 Days for Life event in Minnesota, the brutal attack of an older pro-life man outside an abortion facility in San Francisco, a pro-life banner set on fire inside a Western Washington University building, and a man charged with pulling a gun on pro-lifers outside a Delaware abortion facility.
Reports this year include:
Oregon – Antifa Activist Charged After Assaulting Female Officer Protecting Pro-Life People
Texas – Abortion Activists Spam Pro-Life Group’s Website with Porn (Mic)
New York – Police Arrest Two Abortion Activists for Allegedly Blocking Pro-Life Prayer Rally (National Review)
Connecticut – Pro-Life Billboard in Barkhamsted Vandalized with “Get an Abortion” and Coat Hangers (ProLife Across America)
Poland – Pro-Life Billboard Showing Abortion Victims Gets Vandalized about Once a Week (The Calvert Journal)
Arizona – Students for Life: Planned Parenthood Volunteers Steal Pro-Life Students’ Bags (Students for Life blog)
Oregon – Antifa Tries to Disrupt Pro-Life Prayer Group with Violence outside Planned Parenthood (Citizen Stringer), Andy Ngo (video, video, video)
Oregon – Antifa Terrorists Attack Christians Who Were Praying in a Public Park
Texas – Pro-Life Billboard Removed After One Day Because of Death Threats From Abortion Activists (FaithWire)
Ohio – Campus Police Shut Down Mason City Council Meeting after Abortion Activists Heckle, Try to Silence Pro-Lifers (video)
Wyoming – Pro-Life Billboard Vandalized with “F— the Babies,” Devil Horns
Arkansas – Abortion Activists Desecrate Statue of Jesus, Hang “God Bless Abortions” Banner
Canada – Pro-Life Memorial Broken in Spate of Vandalism Targeting Catholic Churches (Catholic News Agency)
New York – Police Protect Peaceful Pro-Life Advocates after Pro-Abortion Protesters Block Prayer Walk, Abortion Activists Surround, Intimidate Priest Praying the Rosary (National Review)
Maine – Driver Crashes Her Car into Pro-Lifer’s Van After Yelling at Pro-Life Protesters, Flipping Them Off
Northern Ireland – Abortion Activist Assaults Pro-Life Christian Helping Women Outside Abortion Clinic
South Carolina – Antifa Radicals Vandalize Pro-Life Congresswoman Nancy Mace’s Home
Kentucky – Liberal Media Ignores Death Threat against Pro-Life U.S. Sen. Rand Paul
Indiana – Abortion Activist Almost Runs Over Pro-Life Congresswoman Praying Outside Abortion Center
Illinois – Authorities: Fire at Peoria Pro-Life Pregnancy Center Was Intentionally Set (NPR Illinois State University)
Colombia – Moms Slam Abortion Activists who Vandalized Pregnancy Center: My Child’s Life is a Blessing
Texas – Pro-Life Aggies’ Sign Ripped Down, Replaced with Signs Advertising Planned Parenthood (National Right to Life News)
Canada – Church Pro-Life Billboard Vandalized Twice near Vancouver (The B.C. Catholic)
Texas – Conservative Student Group’s Pro-Life Display Vandalized with Pro-Abortion Slogans (KVUE)
Mississippi – Abortion Activists Vandalize Christian Billboard to Promote Abortions
Colombia – Feminists Attack Church to Protest for Abortion, Spray-paint “Rapists” on Church Walls
Mexico – Violent Feminists in Mexico Terrorize Legislators, Threaten Them if They Don’t Vote to Legalize Abortions
Washington, D.C. – Man Threatens to Shoot Pro-Life Sidewalk Counselors (Students for Life)
Argentina – Female Judge Receives Multiple Death Threats after Blocking Pro-Abortion Law (Crux)
Poland – Abortion Activists Arrested during Protest against Ban on Aborting Unborn Babies with Disabilities (The Guardian)
Ohio – Abortion Activists Attack a Church, Disrupt Its Pro-Life Service to Mourn Babies Killed in Abortions
Missouri – Antifa Radicals Attack Pro-Life Senator Josh Hawley’s Home, Threaten His Wife, Newborn Baby