By Kelly Thomas | March 21, 2017, 11:35 EDT
Yes, you read that headline correctly.
Earlier this month several women in Argentina, caught up in the festivities of International Women’s Day, staged an abortion on the steps of a Catholic cathedral in the region of Tucuman. The woman having the faux-abortion was dressed as the Virgin Mary, wearing a crown of flowers and a Rosary around her neck. Photographers caught her laughing, as her friends, clad in their pink hats, hacked at the bloody fake baby coming out of her, acting out the dismemberment of Jesus.
Their antics, done in the name of destroying the patriarchy, were not the only acts of desecration, as elsewhere in Argentina, protesters vandalized cathedrals and churches. In one the mob attacked and beat a young man who sought to defend the cathedral in Bahia Blanca, after they had started a fire outside of the church.
I’m guessing you didn’t read about these incidents, and if you did, it certainly wasn’t from any major news outlet. Indeed, if you had read the New York Times’s coverage of the rallies in Argentina, you would have thought it was nothing more than women clapping in the streets. Maybe they blocked a few roads, maybe they walked out of work for the day, ignoring the inconveniences it caused for others, but it was all the name of empowerment and equality, so really, what harm could be done?
There is no mention of the woman dressed as Mary, raising her fist in triumph as her friends gleefully aborted the Son of God.
Perhaps the story was ignored because editors deemed it to be little more than a radical faction — an assumption that could easily be unseated if those same editors had done even a minimum of due diligence and taken a brief glance at the rise in feminism’s anti-Catholic sentiment and activism in that country and around the world.
I would like to believe, however, that perhaps the news desk at the New York Times or the Washington Post, or any other large media outlet for that matter, chose to ignore this story out of a discomfort in their own allegiances to the “reproductive rights” movement.
This is not a movement with any class or dignity. If it was, its adherents would not clad themselves in hats designed to evoke thoughts of genitalia. However, tasteless headgear aside, the grotesque display of those women on the cathedral’s steps entered a new realm of despicable behavior. It was a clear and savage attack aimed at innocent life, the dignity of women, and religion itself.
Doubtless I’m being an idealist, but I want to think that such a demonstration would make even the editorial desk of the New York Times squirm a little. If for nothing else, then because it shows what lengths these women will go to in their determination to break down every possible moral code that could stand in the way of their empowerment — “empowerment” in this case meaning nothing else besides their ability to kill their unborn children.
Speaking to Life Site News, Father Frank Pavone, the director of Priests for Life, said that staged abortion reveals what is at the foundation of the pro-abortion movement: “They hate the church, and they literally want to abort Jesus off the face of the earth in every manifestation of his presence today.”
Remember how we were told to be #nastywomen and to “Stand with her?”
Remember all those pink hats that marched through the streets of Washington and around the world in January?
Well, behold what their movement leads to: the destruction of life, in the name of individual freedom.
They can mask their cause behind catchy slogans, and pretend that they stand for “all women,” but there is a reason they did not allow pro-life organizations to march with them. Because a movement dedicated to nothing but the advancement of the individual, a movement which does its best to strip rights of any corresponding duties, like those put forward by religion, will eventually consume itself, starting with its weakest members, in this case the unborn.
And so we see, not a radical outlying faction, but the logical end of this movement, carried out by a group of women covered in fake blood and body parts, laughing as they kill God.
Kelly Thomas received her B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and her M.A. in Terrorism, Security and Society from the War Studies Department at King’s College London, exploring the intersection of religious expression in the public square and the fight against terrorism. Read her past articles here.