March 30, 2011

Abortion opponents to open office near Germantown clinic

Two anti-abortion advocacy groups have joined to open a "pro-life center" this week in the same Germantown office park where LeRoy Carhart, a doctor targeted by anti-abortion activists because he provides late-term abortions, started practicing in December. Maryland Coalition for Life and Operation Rescue, a Wichita-based anti-abortion group that created the website, will move into the office Saturday, according to a press release.

Both groups have rallied against Carhart since he started practicing in Germantown on Dec. 6. The office will be used as a place of prayer for pro-life supporters and as a resource and referral center for pregnant and post-abortive women, according to the press release. Protests and pickets will not take place at the new center, but pro-life supporters from the two groups will continue to demonstrate on the public sidewalk outside the business park.

"Locating an office like this across from the most notorious late-term abortionist in the country was a high priority for us," Operation Rescue President Troy Newman stated in the release. "We wanted to do more than just ask women not to abort their babies. We wanted to provide them with practical assistance, spiritual guidance, and true friendship so that abortion would no longer be a consideration," Carhart maintains regular hours at the clinic, Reproductive Health Services, but does not work there full-time, according to Vicki Saporta, president and CEO of the National Abortion Federation.

Carhart began practicing in Maryland because the state's abortion laws are more permissive than many others, including Nebraska, where he has been based since 1985. SOURCE: Gazette

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