Parishioners of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles averted a complete disturbance of their service as they ushered abortion rights activists out of the church.

About five protesters, dressed in red robes and white bonnets, can be seen in a video posted on Twitter trying to make their way to the altar during the cathedral’s 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday before a few parishioners hopped up out of their pews to block the protesters. Security quickly came to escort the activists out of the church.

“The incident was handled accordingly by cathedral security ensuring limited disruption of Mass,” Yannina Diaz, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, told the Washington Examiner. “We continue to join our prayers as an archdiocese in solidarity with the U.S. Catholic Bishops to pray for change in our laws to help all women in need in our communities.”

In the video, a man is heard telling the protesters that they would not be allowed to attack anybody.


“You’re attacking me right now. You started attacking me,” a woman replied.

As the protesters were being ushered out, parishioners could be heard telling them to respect the Mass.

A protester yelled back, “We want respect.”

“You guys want respect. We want respect,” one parishioner said as he walked the protesters out. “I promise you, I understand you completely.”

As they were exiting, another protester moved to the front of the church via a side aisle before other parishioners blocked her.

“I have a right as an American,” she screamed as she was led out of the church. “Get your hands off me.”

Amid the scuffle, a priest can be heard in the background saying: “Brothers and sisters, I invite you to please just remain calm and refocus on the Eucharist that we are celebrating.”


Demonstrations were expected at churches across the country after groups, such as Ruth Sent Us, issued calls to protest the Supreme Court’s anticipated overturning of Roe v. Wade following a leaked draft of the majority opinion in Dobbs v. Women’s Health Organization, which indicated that the Supreme Court voted to return the management of the legality of abortion to the states.

Ruth Sent Us did not respond to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.