Attacks against pro-lifers in the U.S. are at an all time high.
Since the overturning of Roe v. Wade, there has been a significant uptick in violence against pro-lifers and pro-life organizations.
Just this week, another shocking act of aggression occurred in Missouri.
A pro-life display at a St. Louis-area Catholic parish was vandalized, leaving the community of believers outraged and the nation in disbelief.
The incident, occurring between October 2-3, involved the defacing of a pro-life exhibit at St. Paul Catholic Church in Fenton, a suburb just outside St. Louis.
The display, consisting of a collection of white crosses and a banner reading “Pray to End Abortion,” was marred with red spray paint.
Disturbing words, “Pro-life is a lie, you don’t care if people die,” were scrawled across the banner, attacking the core beliefs of the church.
St. Paul Catholic Church, a significant parish with a school, had recently held a public pro-life prayer service on October 1, as part of Respect Life Month.
The vandalism was discovered by parishioners attending daily Mass on Tuesday morning.
Father John Nickolai, the pastor of St. Paul, assured the faithful that there was no permanent damage to the church or school property.
Despite this assurance, the act of vandalism has left the community shaken and deeply disturbed.
Local law enforcement is investigating the incident as an act of destruction of property and vandalism.
However, as of now, there are no leads or suspect information to share, leaving the community anxiously awaiting justice.
The attack comes in the wake of a disturbing trend of aggression against Catholic churches, pro-life pregnancy centers, maternity homes, and other pro-life organizations across the country.
Since the leak of a draft Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade in May 2022, there have been a staggering 112 incidents of vandalism and attacks reported.
These acts range from vulgar graffiti and property damage to threats, theft, and even arson.
The intensity of these attacks has escalated significantly following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022, returning the issue of abortion policy to individual states.
Missouri, like several other states, responded to the overturning of Roe v. Wade by passing a total ban on abortion, allowing it only under limited exceptions.
This change in legislation has stirred a passionate debate across the nation, leading to polarizing opinions and, unfortunately, acts of hostility against those who uphold pro-life beliefs.
In the face of this vicious attack on their faith and convictions, Catholics and pro-life advocates are rallying together, demonstrating unwavering resolve.
Father Nickolai has called upon his community to respond with prayer, fasting, and sacrifices, urging them to focus on the conversion of hearts even in the face of adversity.
The incident at St. Paul Catholic Church serves as a somber reminder of the challenges faced by those who stand up for the sanctity of life.
As the nation grapples with the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision, the faithful are standing strong, refusing to be silenced or deterred by these acts of hatred.
Their message remains clear: faith, love, and the protection of innocent lives will continue to guide their path, no matter the challenges they face.
The battle for life and the freedom to express one’s beliefs is far from over, and the faithful are prepared to fight, undeterred and united.
Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.