December 6, 2013

Argentinan feminists storm Catholic cathedral

Opposing Views - Pro-abortion feminists attacked a Catholic cathedral in San Juan, Argentina, assaulting the men who stood in front of it praying, and finally burning an effigy of Pope Francis.

Citing Argentinian news sources, LifeSite News reported that video footage had been taken of a mob of angry women, many of them topless, harassing the men who stood in front of the cathedral to protect it, reciting prayers. The men did not retaliate as the women drew Hitler mustaches on their faces with marker, spray painted their faces, clothes and crotch areas, and sexually harassed them.

The women chanted, “To the Roman Catholic Apostolic Church, who wants to get between our sheets, we say that we want to be whores, travesties and lesbians. Legal abortion in every hospital.”

The footage shows the men attempting to stay stoic, though many are visibly upset or in tears. About 700 more people prayed inside the cathedral.

When they were not able to get inside, the crowd burned a human-sized effigy of Pope Francis, shouting, “If the pope were a woman, abortion would be legal.”

Police were not on hand at the time. They reportedly told media they couldn’t intervene because the protesters were women.

Abortion is a contentious issue in conservative Argentina, where only in March of 2012 did the Supreme Court decriminalize abortion in cases of rape. Abortion is illegal in Argentina, and is only permitted if the mother is mentally incapacitated, if her life is at risk, or, recently, if she has been raped.

Even so, an estimated 460,000 abortions are performed each year in Argentina. Argentina’s health ministry estimates an average of 100 women a year die from improperly performed abortions.

Because Pope Francis is from Argentina, the tension is particularly high between Catholics and liberal women’s rights advocates in the country.


Anonymous said...

Sorry, Sam, but these women are a bore. I don't know what the laws are in Argentina, but if these women can get an abortion, then why don't they just keep they stupid mouths shut about the stance of the Roman Catholic Church. The Church is not, I repeat, is not, going to make some proclamation that abortion is a procedure they support. The Church is not, I repeat, not going to condone marriage between same sexes. What the secular world wants to do is different, but the Church does not need to follow the secular world. These comments come from one who supports our states legalizing same sex unions, supports the ability of a woman to obtain an abortion safely, and was raised a Roman Catholic but joined a Quaker meeting, but I am sorely tired of this sh**t about the Roman Catholic Church.

Further, as an indvidual who, as I wrote in the preceding pargraph, supports the right of a woman to obtain a safe abortion, I have a question. If one doesn't believe life begins at conception, when does it begin?

Anonymous said...

I correct myself, from further reading it says abortion is illegal in Argentina, but I maintain my stand otherwise and maintain these was a stupid stunt by these women, and I have no sympathy.

Anonymous said...


For most of the history of the Roman Catholic church abortion was acceptable before "quickening". Quickening is when the movement of the fetus can be felt, which is usually around 17 weeks. So first trimester abortions were acceptable to the R.C. Church before the 17th century.

Abortion is illegal in Argentina, because the R.C. Church holds a great deal of influence in Argentina politics. These women are right on in protesting the church which has undue influence with the civil government.