At least 37 people were injured Tuesday during a violent pro-abortion protest in Mexico City, Mexico, an annual event known for mass vandalism and violence.
Every year on International Safe Abortion Day, abortion activists protest across Central and South America, demanding that their governments legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions. The protests are infamous for vandalism and violence targeting public buildings, churches and police.
CNN reports at least 37 people were injured in the Mexico City protest alone. A video on its website shows abortion activists lighting a structure on fire, vandalizing a wall with spraypaint and appearing to throw smoke bombs and Molotov cocktails.
Most of the people who sustained injuries were female police officers, including four who had to be hospitalized, Mexico City Public Safety officials told UNI.
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“Upon the end of the marches, 37 people [were] injured including 27 police officers, one colleague from the interior ministry and nine civilians (5 men and 4 women). Four police officers needed hospitalization,” city Public Safety Deputy Minister Marcela Figueroa wrote on Twitter.
Ahead of the protest, police and local business owners boarded up windows and doors with metal shields, and fenced in monuments, historical buildings and the National Palace in preparation for violence, according to the report.
AFP reports pro-abortion protests also took place in El Salvador, Chile, Peru and Colombia.
Most countries in Central and South America protect unborn babies from abortion, but they are facing intense international pressure to legalize abortion on demand. In Chile, the lower house of Congress passed a bill Tuesday to legalize abortions up to 14 weeks; however, the bill is expected to fail in the upper house, according to AFP.
Camila Vallejo, a Communist lawmaker and author of the bill, wrote, “Down with the patriarchy, which will fall, will fall!” on Twitter to call for support of her bill. “Up with feminism, which will win, will win!”
Violence is common at pro-abortion protests in Central and South America.
During the 2020 protest in Mexico City, abortion activists threw Molotov cocktails at police, smashed windows and doors with hammers and threw paint, bottles and flares at police. APTV reported at the time how some grabbed riot shields from police and tried to advance to an area where pro-life advocates were holding a peaceful counter-protest.
That same year, several Catholic churches in Veracruz were vandalized with pro-abortion and anarchist symbols, Catholic News Agency reported at the time. Five other churches other parts of the country also were vandalized with pro-abortion phrases, including “abortion will be legal,” “keep your rosaries off our ovaries” and “get angry sister.”
In March 2020, a video showed pro-abortion feminists trying to break into a church where families with young children were worshiping during an International Women’s Day protest.
Violence by pro-abortion activists has become increasingly common across the world. LifeNews.com recorded nearly 200 reports of assault, vandalism, harassment and other incidents in the past two years. Our news outlet began tracking these reports after pro-life organizations expressed alarm about an uptick in violence in recent years.
Reports this year include:
California – Eggs Thrown at Pro-Life Candidate Larry Elder, Staffer Hit in Face (Fox News)
Colorado – Vandals Deface Boulder County Catholic Church with Pro-Abortion Graffiti (Washington Times)
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)
Canada – Pro-Life Memorial Broken in Spate of Vandalism Targeting Catholic Churches (Catholic News Agency)
South Carolina – Antifa Radicals Vandalize Pro-Life Congresswoman Nancy Mace’s Home
Illinois – Authorities: Fire at Peoria Pro-Life Pregnancy Center Was Intentionally Set (NPR Illinois State University)
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)
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)