“As always during these incidents, I’m overwhelmed by how angry and obviously hurt so many of the people who showed up this morning are. Pray for people who wake up in the morning want to protest people who pray for women and babies to not be pressured into abortion,” Lopez wrote.
“‘Abortion is health care,’ they chanted over and over. Killing babies isn’t healthy, and the kind of demonic scenes I’ve witnessed again and again near and outside Planned Parenthood on Bleecker Street only serve as confirmation of the wreckage abortion is responsible for.”
Fury triggered by leaked opinion
The call to protest at Catholic churches came in reaction to last week’s leaked draft opinion suggesting a conservative majority on the Supreme Court may be poised to overturn the landmark abortion ruling in Roe v. Wade.
Earlier this week, a pro-abortion group, Ruth Sent Us, called on social media for activists to “Stand at or in a local Catholic Church” on Sunday, Mother’s Day. The same group on Saturday vowed on Twitter to burn the Eucharist. The group also posted the addresses of the court's six conservative justices. Protesters turned out Saturday night in front of the homes of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Associated Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The most serious incident of the weekend appeared to be in Madison, Wisconsin. Police there said flames were seen coming from the offices of Wisconsin Family Action in the city's north side shortly after 6 a.m. Sunday. The fire was quickly put out by the Madison Fire Department.
"A molotov cocktail, which did not ignite, was thrown inside the building. It also appears a separate fire was started in response," a police report said.
Arson investigators are working with fire department officials to determine an exact cause.
WFA President Julaine K. Appling told News 3 Now said that someone had thrown Molotov cocktails into her office and had burned books.
“We get veiled and not so veiled threats from time to time,” Appling told the television station. “We’ve never had anything that materialized like this."
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Father Fidelis Moscinski as the pastor of Old St. Patrick's. The church's pastor is Father Brian A. Graebe.
(Story continues below)
Subscribe to our daily newsletter
At Catholic News Agency, our team is committed to reporting the truth with courage, integrity, and fidelity to our faith. We provide news about the Church and the world, as seen through the teachings of the Catholic Church. When you subscribe to the CNA UPDATE, we'll send you a daily email with links to the news you need and, occasionally, breaking news.
As part of this free service you may receive occasional offers from us at EWTN News and EWTN. We won't rent or sell your information, and you can unsubscribe at any time.