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Dressed as handmaids, pro-abortion activists invade Mother's Day Mass in Los Angeles

Manifestantes pró-aborto invadiram uma missa na manhã de domingo (8), na Catedral de Nossa Senhora dos Anjos, em Los Angeles, nos Estados Unidos, pouco antes do momento da Comunhão

Pro-abortion protesters invaded a Sunday morning mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, United States, just before the moment of Communion| Photo: Reproduction Twitter

Pro-abortion protesters invaded a mass this Sunday morning (8), at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, in Los Angeles, United States, just before the moment of Communion. Videos on social media show the women in red hooded dresses and white hats, carrying a huge green sash and causing confusion during the celebration, before being removed from the church.

Widely used by pro-abortion activists, the costumes are a reference to the “handmaids”, fertile women who had the function of procreating in the novel “ The Handmaid’s Tale”, by Margaret Atwood, from 1985. The book gave rise to the eponymous series, which shows a dystopian future in which the United States was dominated by Christian religious fundamentalism. The story has been evoked in pro-abortion protests, as a way of claiming that religious people want to control women’s bodies.

Attacks on churches were expected over Mother’s Day weekend after abortion group Ruth Sent Us (Ruth sent us, in reference to Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died in 1973) threatened to interrupt Masses, in response to the Supreme Court document leak, anticipating a historic overthrow of the Roe v Wade decision in 1973. This Saturday (7), via Twitter, the group stated that it would be “burning the Eucharist”.

The actions demonstrate that the group’s motivation can go beyond fighting for a “right”. That’s because, if the Roe v Wade jurisprudence is indeed repealed, US states will be able to continue deciding their abortion laws. California, the most populous US territory with 39 millions of inhabitants, where the protest took place, is one of the most permissive states in relation to the issue. Governor Gavin Newsom has even promised to turn it into a “sanctuary” for women in the United States who cannot access abortion in their states.

Gazeta do Povo tried to contact the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, to comment on the invasion of the Cathedral Nossa Senhora dos Anjos on Sunday, but got no response.

Threatened parishes

At least two Catholic churches (St. , would have requested a greater police presence, fearing invasions on Sunday morning, according to the news site PJ Media.

On Saturday, pro-abortion protesters insulted a priest and tried to block entry to Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. “Thank God for abortion,” the activists shouted. Local police have disrupted a pro-life procession that takes place every first Saturday of the month for security reasons. The report was made by columnist Kathryn Jean Lopez, from National Review.

She says that outside the cathedral, a woman in a white bathing suit, with a belly simulating a pregnancy and attached dolls representing the babies she was aborting, screamed: “God killed his son, why can’t I kill mine? ?”. “Help me abort my babies”, she teased, dancing around the church.

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