Lake View Church says 2 women vandalized building over pro-choice message

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Two women were filmed vandalizing a church in Chicagoit is lake view neighborhood Wednesday night.

The video shows the women damaging a sign and throwing what the church says are rocks at the building. Police say the suspects smashed a stained glass image as a result of their actions.

“We will not be intimidated by individuals who damage our property,” said Reverend Jason Lydon, minister of the Second Unitarian Church of Chicago.

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Church officials believe the women vandalized the building because of the church’s pro-choice message. The church has a sign posted outside that reads, “We support abortion on demand without excuses.”

The sign has been displayed since the overthrow of Roe vs. Wade.

“We know that pregnant women deserve to have autonomy over their bodies. This act of destruction of property is meant to silence us and sow fear. We will not be afraid and we will not be silent. Abortion access is under attack and we will use our voice to speak out,” Reverend Lydon said.

At one point in the video, one of the women can be heard saying, “I sent a message.”

“It is sad and infuriating to experience this violent response to our support for women,” said Christy Grant, board chair. “Yet in these hot political times, we have chosen to side with love and use our voice for justice.”

The church is holding a rally in support of reproductive justice on Sunday, September 4 at noon.

No one was injured in the incident and the suspects are not in custody, police said.

The investigation is ongoing.

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