White House condemns 'attempts to intimidate' during pro-abortion protests at Catholic churches

Pro-choice activists plan Mother's Day protests at churches

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The White House on Sunday defended people's "fundamental right to protest" but warned against efforts to "intimidate" others during pro-abortion protests planned at Catholic churches across the country.

Multiple activist groups are planning protests defending abortion rights outside Catholic churches on Mother's Day and the following Sunday after a draft opinion from the Supreme Court threatened to overturn Roe v. Wade.

A group known as "Ruth Sent Us," which has a TikTok account with more than 20,000 followers, posted a video of a group of women wearing costumes inspired by Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaids Tale" walking into what appeared to be the front of a Catholic Church during Mass.


Abortion-rights activists gather outside of a Catholic church in downtown Manhattan to voice their support for a woman's right to choose on May 07, 2022 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

"For 2,000 years the Catholic Church has been an institution for the enslavement of women," one of the protesters can be heard saying in the video.

Other activist groups, including "Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights," "Pro Choice with Heart," and "Strike for Choice," are calling for protests between May 8 and May 15.

Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights specifically called for "actions outside of Churches" on Mother's Day.

"This action is called for by a collective of [S]panish speaking women’s rights groups + activists across the country, including from Bride’s March, Dominican Women’s Development Center, Ni Una Menus, and Las 17. Several cities will 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 churchgoers or doing a die-in," the group's website states.

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