An outraged pro-choice protester sporting a one-piece bathing suit screamed ‘I’m killing the babies’ as she led a march of demonstrators targeting Catholic churches in New York City.
‘God killed his son, why can’t I?’ the protester, NYC-based performance artist Crackhead Barney, repeatedly screamed as she dangled a baby doll during a Saturday morning demonstration outside the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral.
A smaller group of pro-life activists assembled on the steps of the iconic Manhattan church, facing the abortion advocates, and prayed the rosary. They also sang the hymn Ave Maria.
The demonstrations came amid a call for protest at Catholic churches across the U.S. in response to the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that would strike down the landmark 1973 ruling Rove v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States.
All six conservative justices on the United States’ highest court are Catholic.
Several pro-abortion groups pushed for for ‘actions outside of churches’ to kick off a ‘week of action’ to protest the Supreme Court opinion, which is not yet final.
The draft opinion, which was published by POLITICO on Monday, comes amid nearly 50 years of federal abortion protections and could change before the ruling is finalized in coming weeks.
The pro-abortion activists marched on St. Patrick’s Cathedral Saturday as pro-life advocates attempted to engage in their monthly demonstration, FOX 5 reported.
The group typically marches from the church to a nearby Planned Parenthood clinic on the first Saturday of every month in an effort to protest abortion.
However, on Saturday they instead faced of with outraged pro-choice activists who fear the SCOTUS opinion may result in a federal abortion ban, which Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed was ‘possible’.
The pro-choice demonstrators sported signs with messages like ‘abortion is a gift,’ ‘anti-abortion laws kill us’ and ‘RIP Jesus, killed by “woke” deadbeat dad.’
The New York Young Republican Club, responding to the protest, applauded the members of its Catholic Caucus for ‘standing up for their beliefs and for the fundamental rights of all unborn Americans.’
‘Men sitting in the church’s rear pews were asked to pray outside to ensure that the leftist horde would not overrun the building,’ the organization added in a statement shared on Twitter.
The archdiocese told the TV station on Saturday it was ‘aware of the call for some kind of protest’ during Mother’s Day mass on Sunday.
The religious authority was likely referring to the social media posts encouraging pro-choice advocates to interrupt Sunday’s church services.
Pro-choice group Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights announced last week members would be ‘hosting protests outside of prominent churches in their towns’.
‘These can look like a group of people holding signs wearing Handmaids Tale outfits, passing out flyers outside to church goers or doing a die-in,’ the group wrote on its website.
Similarly, the group Ruth Sent Us, which describes itself as ‘against a corrupt and illegitimate Supreme Court’ called on followers to ‘[s]tand at or in a local Catholic Church’ on Sunday.
‘We will work with law enforcement and take appropriate steps as needed,’ a spokesperson with the Archdiocese of New York said Saturday.
Additional security was added outside of St. Patrick’s ahead of Sunday’s mass.
The leaked Supreme Court draft was written by Justice Samuel Alito, one of the six justices appointed by a Republican president who sit on the court, and repudiated both Roe v Wade and the 1992 Planned Parenthood vs Casey Decision.
Of the nine-member court’s six conservative members, five reportedly back the bombshell move to rescind abortion protections: Samuel Alito, Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas.
Gorsuch is Episcopalian, though he was raised Catholic. The other four are Catholic, as is Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative whose position on the opinion has not been reported.
If and when the draft is made final, the decision removes the federal right to abortion in America, leaving it up to elected officials in each state to decide whether or not women should have access to abortions.
Twenty-six states are likely to ban abortion if Roe v. Wade is formally overturned, essentially outlawing abortion in more than half of the country. Eighteen states already have restrictive abortion laws in place.
The news sent shock waves throughout Washington D.C. with Democrats vowing to codify the legal right to an abortion into law and Republicans demanding an investigation into the leak, claiming it was done to try and influence the high court ahead of its formal ruling.
Abortion rights protesters rallied in cities around the U.S. on Saturday, vowing to fight to ensure that abortion remains a legal option for women nationwide. Pro-life advocates took to the streets in opposition.
Hundreds gathered in several major cities across the nation, including Chicago, Atlanta and Houston, to fight for and against abortion legislation.
In Atlanta, demonstrators carried signs in favor of abortion rights as they marched through that city’s downtown and chanted: ‘Not the church and not the state, women must decide our fate.’
In Houston, thousands attended a reproductive rights rally headlined by Democrat Beto O’Rourke, who is running for Texas governor.
Texas is one of the states that will automatically ban abortion, leaving no exceptions for rape or incest, if the high court overturns the nationwide right to abortion.
In the nation’s capital, abortion rights protesters stood outside the Supreme Court, holding signs that said abortion is a human right, or ‘Abort the Court.’
Protesters who opposed abortion demonstrated across the street.
In Maryland, demonstrators rallied outside the homes of conservative Justices John Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh, shouting ‘you don’t care if people die’ and ‘keep abortion safe and legal.’
Liberal group ShutDown D.C. already plans to host a ‘Vigil for Abortion Rights’ outside of Justice Alito’s house on Monday.
Next Saturday, America is expecting a ‘massive’ day of action with nationwide rallies organized by Planned Parenthood, UltraViolet, Women’s March and MoveOn.
The protest, dubbed Bans Off Our Bodies, will feature marches in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington D.C., as well as hundreds of demonstrations in other cities across the U.S.