Churchgoers were interrupted by pro-choice activists on Sunday when they stripped down to their underwear in protest of anti-abortion laws in the US.
The disruption took place at the Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas where well-known American pastor and author Joel Osteen was hosting his weekly service in front of thousands.
Three women were filmed slipping out of their clothes to reveal their white underwear which was adorned with green-painted handprints — the colour representing the pro-choice movement.
"My body, my f***ing choice!" one woman yelled as she took off her dress.
While a second, stripping off her clothes, screamed: "Overturn Roe, hell no."
The women are members of activist group Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights, who captured the moment on camera before posting it on Twitter and TikTok.
"Raise hell, disrupt the system. Stop the Supreme Court from taking away abortion rights," they wrote online.
The protesters are challenging the Supreme Court’s vote to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade decision that made abortion legal nationwide, which was revealed in a leaked document last month.
Since then, multiple pro-choice protests have taken place across the country with people advocating for reproductive rights.
The three women —wearing nothing but their underwear — were swiftly escorted out of the service by men in suits, but outside the building, they continued in their fight alongside other activists brandishing banners.
"Forced motherhood is female enslavement," some read, according to reports.
While others said: "Abortion on demand & without apology".
Despite little reaction from churchgoers enjoying the sermon, some people praised the group's "brave" stance online.
The activists said they decided to protest inside the church because anti-abortion activists have no issue protesting against women in their safe spaces like doctors’ offices and clinics, one told KPRC 2.
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