In January, more than half a dozen pro-abortion protesters interrupted a pro-life Mass in Columbus, Ohio where Bishop Robert Brennan was presiding over an event marking the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
According to the National Catholic Register:
Those involved, masked and holding hand-made signs, chanted slogans such as “Two, four, six, eight, this church teaches hate.” “Fund abortion, not cops,” said one of their signs. “Abortion on Demand. End Hyde Now,” said another, referring to the Hyde Amendment, which bans most federal funding for abortion.
Police and church officials escorted the protesters outside, where some protesters appeared to make obscene gestures at them. The protesters continued to chant at slogans outside the church.
Three of the protesters — two women and one man — were later charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespass, both misdemeanors.
A fourth person, a woman, faces those same misdemeanor charges in addition to a criminal damage charge; she is set to be arraigned March 19.
All three protesters arraigned March 5 pleaded not guilty, and are scheduled for pretrial hearings in March and April, the Columbus Dispatch reported.
No arrests were made on the day of the protest, but the city attorney’s office filed the charges Feb. 18.
“We are…thankful for the proactive concern shown by our city’s leaders in supporting people of faith and their right to worship in peace and free of disruption,” Bishop Brennan said in a statement Monday.
“Even our pro-choice city attorney recognized that the rule of law must always apply and our churches are sacred institutions,” said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life, in a statement.
Pro-abortion groups were unhappy that the protesters were charged, despite them infringing on private church property and menacing people of faith who were praying for human life. Some tried to compare the pro-abortion protesters to pro-life protesters gathering in public spaces outside of abortion facilities.
What are your thoughts on these pro-aborts being charged, and do you think their protest is comparable to pro-life protesters on public lands outside of abortion facilities?