Parishioners who attended Mother’s Day services at a New York Catholic church over the weekend had to sift through more than a wrought-iron door and the usual greetings with hugs and handshakes . There were barricades, armed police and two groups of people shouting at each other.
Many local media were also present at the Basilica of the old St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Lower Manhattan.
Why such a scene? Abortion rights have once again taken center stage in America, and largely due to its magnification in the past week since a memo from a Supreme Court justice leaked suggesting the historic Roe vs. Wade the case protecting a woman’s right to an abortion could be overturned.
St. Patrick’s has become a regular protest spot for pro-abortion activists, although it’s normally only a handful of people. The pro-abortion voice at St. Patrick’s on Saturday grew louder, and even quite disturbing to watch, in a viral FreedomNews.TV video that had already gained 2.3 million views Sunday night local time.
The memo authored by Judge Samuel Alito was leaked on Monday, May 2, infuriating Democrats and most left-wingers nationwide. At the end of the week, pro-choice protesters gathered outside the homes of Chief Justice John Roberts and Trump-appointed judge Bret Kavanaugh.
There were also the threats of protests in Catholic churches across the country, which the Tories amplified in advance to alert worshippers. Any protests elsewhere were non-existent or barely covered, even by local media.
Franklin Graham, who is the son of late Christian evangelist Billy Graham, urged people to fill churches on Sunday to “celebrate life”.
“I hope Christians will come to church this Sunday in greater numbers than ever before – to celebrate and thank God for our mothers, and to celebrate LIFE,” Graham wrote in this Facebook post. “These protesters are promoting death, not life.”
Fox News began reporting on the church’s potential protests on Thursday and Friday, even exposing the carrier UPS’s past donations to some pro-choice groups.
“UPS, the UPS Foundation and our employees have a long history of supporting a wide range of nonprofit organizations,” UPS spokesman Malcolm Berkley said in a statement to Fox Business. “While we don’t agree with one hundred percent of each nonprofit’s actions or opinions, we direct our donations to the key areas we support.”
“In this case, our grants were directed to literacy and English programs for speakers of other languages,” Berkley added. “We will assess our gifts with this group, as we do with all the others.”
As for the video, which shows a group of men locked arm in arm and singing on the steps of St. Patrick, there is a woman dancing while wearing next to nothing. She screams, rips dolls and even flashes the crowd.
Donald Trump Jr. stepped in to mock Democrats while sharing the video on Twitter.
“Dear Democrats, postings like this really make me and everyone I know lean much more pro-choice. Please stop doing this so we conservatives have a fighting chance. november!” wrote Trump Jr.