Delaware County church vandalized with pro-choice graffiti

SWARTHMORE, Pa. (WPVI) -- The graffiti has since been cleaned up at a Delaware County church, but now the search is underway for the vandal.

On Sunday, parishioners at Notre Dame de Lourdes in Swarthmore, Pa. spotted graffiti on the front glass doors and a side brick wall that included the words, 'You do not have the right to decide what people can do, #ProChoice.'

The incident occurred at 3:17 a.m. Sunday.

Pictured: The suspect in the vandalism of a church in Swarthmore, Pa.



Parishioner Rosann Vansickle lives right across the street and is stunned.

"Why would they do this to a church?" she said.

The pastor reported the vandalism to Ridley Township Police.

Woodlyn resident Don McCracken said, "No one really likes graffiti on a church or anywhere in particular."

Police are retrieving surveillance footage.

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Some in the Ridley Township community believe the graffiti is the wrong way to express your opinion, regardless of what it is.

Vansickle told us, "The protests are the right way to do it. That's the legal way. This is an illegal way. This is defacing God's house."

Liz Radigonda of Ridley Township said, "I mean, I'm pro-choice. I'll say it loud and proud, but that hurts innocent people and makes people upset for no reason. It doesn't really make a change or anything."

A spokesperson from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said the parish will cooperate with law enforcement as it investigates the incident.
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