On Sunday (June 5), abortion activists from the group “Texas Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights” planted themselves in the floor section of Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, strategically interrupting the 16,800-seat worship service.
The abortion activists jumped out of their seats and ripped off their dresses, exposing their underwear, after Osteen finished leading the congregation in prayer.
Shouts of “My body, my [expletive] choice,” and “Overturn Roe! Hell no,” came from three women who were protesting the Supreme Court of the United States‘ (SCOTUS) potential upcoming overturn of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which made abortion a constitutional right.
“I am who I say I am. I do what I say I can do, because I have a choice. I have a choice! I have a choice,” one of the protestors yelled as Osteen continued to preach.
The women were immediately escorted out of the worship service by security. They continued protesting outside of Lakewood Church’s building. As they were being removed from the congregation, a video shows one of the protestors stumbling over people’s feet and falling into a church member’s lap.
As the protestors disrupted the service, Osteen told the worshipers, “We’ll wait just one moment here, but God is good and He’s on the throne and He’s in control.”
The megachurch crowd cheered at Osteen’s words with clapping and gleeful howls as the security team removed the protestors.
“We’ll just take one moment here and we’ll get started, but I know this,” Osteen said. “I’m glad to be in the house of the Lord with people of faith. So thank you, Lord, for a good service.”
“Alright, y’all, we love everybody, so we just thank the Lord that He’s in control and He has all things in His hand, and I think as long as I keep talking, you can’t hear what everybody else is saying,” Osteen can be heard saying on the video before the protestor filming the incident was removed.
While demonstrating outside the church’s building still in her underwear, Julianne D’Eredita, one of the protesters who also used to attend Lakewood Church, explained why they chose to stage a protest during Osteen’s prayer, saying, “[Today is] the day to break the silence and stand up, because Christians are not afraid to bother us and healthcare clinics and doctors’ offices trying to get a central healthcare.”