A feminist group in Argentina recently performed a mock abortion of baby Jesus on a woman dressed as the Virgin Mary in front of a Catholic cathedral, an act pro-life leaders are calling "blasphemous" and "abominably repulsive."
Outside of the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Tucuman, Argentina, last week several women staged the "performance art" as part of an International Women's Day protest.
A photgraph of the event shows a woman dressed as a pregnant Mary holding her fist in the air as four other women donning pink masks — related to the pink vagina hats many women sported during the Jan. 21 international women's day protest — are gathered around her at waist level pretending to facilitate a late-term abortion of the Christ child. The women reportedly used fake blood and objects that look like human body parts to create the appearance of an actual abortion procedure.
Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life in Washington, D.C. called the display "abominably repulsive" in a phone interview with The Christian Post on Thursday.
"They were obviously trying to show an abortion of Jesus Christ, which means that they insulted one third of the world's population, more than 2 billion people. And they somehow find that to be funny or clever."
Such actions are simply "not understandable," she added, noting that she is seeing increasing levels of "in-your-face" aggression, particularly among abortion rights activists.
"All sense of human decency has just disappeared," Tobias said.
"In this country [the United States], supposedly, we value free speech and if someone want to do something stupid like that they have the so-called 'right' to do that. But this was a specific attack on Jesus Christ. I would wonder if they would go over to the Middle East and pretend to do that to the mother of Muhammad. We know that's not going to happen."
Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, told LifeSiteNews Monday that he considered what happened in Argentina a "grotesque and blasphemous act" which "represents what every abortion actually is."
"[A]nd those who are upset by it should be equally upset by each and every abortion that occurs," he said.
Each assault on a human life "is an attack on God and every rejection of a human life is a rejection of Christ Himself," Pavone added.
But activist group Pan y Rosas, which means Bread and Roses, defended the protest on their Facebook page. In the post, which CP translated from Spanish, they asserted that Catholic leaders have no authority to speak because they have deliberately protected "its members accused of child sexual abuse as it did with complicit priests of the genocide, demonstrating once again the hypocritical character of his 'pro-life' discourse."
Aggressive tactics from abortion rights advocates have been seen at other women's protests in recent months.
As CP reported on Jan. 17 in the lead-up to the Women's March on Washington, the day after the presidential inauguration, New Wave Feminists, a distinctly pro-life feminist group, was de-listed as a sponsor of the event upon receiving many objections from participants who view abortion as central to women's rights. When pro-lifers showed up to march anyway, some of them were harassed.
"I was on the bullhorn and our group was chanting that abortion betrays women and that abortion is violence and we are anti-violence," Students for Life Great Lakes Regional Coordinator Anna Allgaier told The Christian Post in an interview on Jan. 21. "One woman who was in the march broke through the chain of volunteers who were kind of protecting us from them and started yelling in my face. After I told her I was a woman and this was a women's march and I felt like we could be here, she spit in my face and it got all over my face and all over my jacket."