Republican Lawmakers Demand AG Merrick Garland Protect Churches From Radical Abortion Activists

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 7, 2022   |   5:15PM   |   Washington, DC

Two Republican lawmakers have authored a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland asking him to protect churches from radical abortion activists who are threatening potentially violent and destructive protests on Sunday. Leftists have already attacked and trashed a church and pregnancy center in Oregon and Colorado.

Abortion activists plan to “raise hell” at churches across the country on Mother’s Day with protests and, some fear, violence as outrage grows in response to a leaked draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court that overturns Roe v. Wade.

Pro-life pregnancy centers and pro-life advocates already have been the targets of vandalism, violence and harassment this week in response to the news. At least one Catholic church has, too, and more seems likely in the days ahead.

Fox News reports at least two pro-abortion groups are calling for churches, especially Catholic Churches, to be the target of abortion activists’ outrage.

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Ruth Sent Us, a pro-abortion group that allegedly posted the addresses of the Supreme Court justices online publicly to encourage harassment, is calling for protests outside Catholic churches this Sunday, Mother’s Day.

“Whether you’re a ‘Catholic for Choice’, ex-Catholic, of other or no faith, recognize that six extremist Catholics set out to overturn Roe,” the group wrote on Twitter, along with a video of abortion activists appearing to disrupt a Catholic Mass. “Stand at or in a local Catholic Church Sun May 8.”

Another pro-abortion group, Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights, also is encouraging pro-abortion protests “outside of churches” on Mother’s Day, according to the report.

“Raise your voice and raise hell! Silence is your stamp of approval,” its website states. “Abortion on demand and without apology!”

In response, according to Fox News, Texas Rep. Chip Roy and Utah Sen. Mike Lee sent a letter Saturday to Attorney General Merrick Garland asking him to marshal resources necessary to protect churches under threat of vandalism and disruptive protest.

“We write to you today extremely concerned by multiple reports surfacing that left-wing activists intend to protest, and possibly disrupt, church services this weekend in direct response to the leaked opinion authored by Justice Alito that would overturn Roe v. Wade,” Lee and Roy wrote.

“We believe these rumors should be taken seriously as protests have already begun occurring across the country this week, with the Sacred Heart of Mary Church in Boulder, Colorado, vandalized.”

“Regardless of one’s position on abortion, the free exercise of religion is a core tenet of our Constitution,” Lee and Roy wrote. “We condemn behaviors that infringe upon the freedom to exercise one’s religious beliefs and respectfully ask that you swiftly alert and coordinate resources with state and local law enforcement to ensure that any organized effort across the country is properly addressed and the rights of Americans are protected.”

One pro-abortion website states that protests already are scheduled outside prominent churches in several cities across the U.S. It encouraged protesters to “raise hell,” wear Handmaids Tale outfits and conduct “die-ins.” The group also is planning a huge protest on May 14.

“The leaked draft memo that states the Supreme Court has struck down #RoeVWade is an ATROCITY but It is not yet law & doesn’t have to be, but what they plan to do & will do if WE don’t stop them. Rise up! & RAISE HELL!” the group wrote on Twitter.

Abortion activists are trying to intimidate U.S. Supreme Court justices to change their mind and uphold Roe after the leaked draft opinion showed the majority voting to overturn the infamous 1973 ruling. The draft is not final, judges can change their minds, and it is not clear when the high court will issue its final ruling on the abortion case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, but many believe the court will overturn Roe and allow states to protect unborn babies again.

Brian Burch, president of Catholic Vote, urged President Joe Biden to condemn the intimidation and threats from abortion activists.

“In the wake of the shameless leak of a draft opinion of the Supreme Court, pro-abortion groups are now threatening to disrupt Catholic churches and to protest outside the homes of Supreme Court justices this Sunday,” Burch said in a statement Thursday. “President Biden must immediately and forcibly condemn these domestic terrorist threats.”

According to Live Action News, some radical abortion activists also are advocating for pro-life pregnancy centers to be targeted in response to the leaked draft ruling. At least two pregnancy centers were vandalized this week, and pro-life leaders have told LifeNews about being punched, harassed and followed by radical abortion activists at protests.

CBS News reported at least two police officers were injured when a pro-abortion rally turned violent in Los Angeles earlier this week. During another protest in Washington, D.C., a Daily Wire reporter witnessed abortion activists shoving, spitting on and screaming obscenities at a small group of pro-life advocates who were counter-protesting.

Along with the violence of abortion against unborn babies, threats and violence against pro-life advocates also have increased in recent years. has documented reports of hundreds of incidents in recent years, including bomb threats, assaults, death threats, arson and vandalism.

And violence by abortion activists likely will continue as the U.S. Supreme Court gets ready to issue its final ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health this summer. If the court overturns Roe, the Guttmacher Institute predicts that 26 states would ban abortions.

Since 1973, more than 63 million unborn babies and hundreds of mothers have died in supposedly “safe, legal” abortions.