Vandals defaced the exterior of a Pennsylvania church with pro-choice rhetoric over the weekend, according to the
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The vandals purportedly targeted Notre Dame de Lourdes Roman Catholic church in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, with spray-painted graffiti on the building’s front doors and facade.
A man discovered the vandalism Sunday, just after 9 a.m. The pro-abortion message said: “You do not have the right to decide what people can do. #ProChoice.” The man notified the church’s pastor when he found the message.
According to the outlet, one of the building’s exterior walls was also defaced with “#ProChoice.”
Father Joseph Devlin reported the incident to local authorities, who are investigating the incident. The outlet reported that investigators have obtained security video from an adjacent church school that reportedly captures the vandalism incident on camera.
The church’s parishioners visited the church later that day to remove the graffiti.
The incident at Notre Dame de Lourdes Roman Catholic church occurred during what has become a heated, nationwide conversation on abortion rights.
Earlier in May, Georgia’s governor signed a “heartbeat” bill into law, prompting outrage from abortion advocates throughout the nation.
Last week, Alabama’s governor signed a law that bans nearly all abortions in the state, including in cases of rape or incest. Alabama’s law is considered the strictest law on abortion in the nation.
Four U.S. states so far have passed “heartbeat bills,” including Ohio, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Georgia.
Eleven state lawmakers have proposed bills to ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.