Pro-life advocates are being targeted in a string of threats, vandalism and other attacks after Texas enacted its life-saving new heartbeat law in September.
The latest crime occurred early Wednesday morning at a Catholic church in Boulder, Colorado, that had a pro-life display set up on its lawn for Respect Life month, according to the Denver Gazette. It is the second church in Colorado to be vandalized with pro-abortion graffiti in less than a month.
Local news reports and photos show extensive damage to Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church, including smashed stained-glass windows, slashed tires and graffiti on the church maintenance truck, broken crosses, eggs smashed onto walls and spray-paint on signs, church walls, a vehicle and a statue.
Pro-abortion graffiti that reads “Jesus [heart]s abortion,” “hands off my uterus,” “my body my choice” and “no wire hangers ever” was spray-painted on the church walls, vehicles and signs, according to the reports.
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CBS 4 Denver reports vandals also ripped up and broke hundreds of crosses that church members set up on the lawn to remember babies who have been killed in abortions, and spray-painted a bronze statue of Mother Teresa holding a child.
Mark Evevard, the youth director at the church, said this is not the first time the church has been vandalized, but this incident is worse than anything in the past.
“As I drove up, I saw the front signs and I saw the crosses, and as I got closer, I go ‘this is way worse than I had envisioned,’” Evevard told the local news.
He said many people have stopped by to support the church, and he hurts for the people who committed the crime.
“My heart kind of went out for them as far as you’ve gotta be really hurting to do this kind of destruction,” Evevard said.
The church is designated a historic building, so a specialty cleaning crew has to be hired to clean up the damage; there is no estimate on the cost to repair the damage yet, according to CBS 4.
Church leaders said their security cameras did capture images of the vandals.
The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that it is investigating the crime, and it appears that several people were involved.
Another Catholic church in Louisville, Colorado also was vandalized with pro-abortion graffiti in September.
Threats, vandalism, violence and other incidents targeting pro-lifers have been growing in recent years. Catholic Churches especially have reported an increase in vandalism and other crimes.
LifeNews has been keeping track of these reports. Incidents this year include:
Texas – Young Pro-Life Advocate Assaulted at Houston Pro-Life Event (TFP Student Action)
Ohio – Police Remove Screaming Pro-Abortion Protesters from State Senate Chamber (FOX 55/AP)
Switzerland – Three Pro-Life Organizations Vandalized with Pro-Abortion Graffiti ahead of National Pro-Life March (Evangelical Focus Europe)
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)