Late-Term Abortion Practitioner LeRoy Carhart to Face Protests

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 5, 2011   |   6:28PM   |   Germantown, MD

Late-term abortion practitioner LeRoy Carhart will face protests at the end of the month from an all-star line up of pro-life leaders and top pro-life activists locally who don’t appreciate having him relocated to the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.

Carhart moved there after Nebraska passed a bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on the scientific evidence showing unborn children feel pain.

Now, pro-life advocates will gather at the abortion center where he works, Reproductive Advocates located in Germantown, from July 30th through August 7th. A series of rallies and full schedule of street activism has been planned for the nine-day event.

The kick off rally for the event will be Sunday night at Covenant Life Church, where Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life, will encourage participants to stand up for life. In addition to Pavone, pro-life columnist Star Parker, Wendy Wright, President, Concerned Women of America, Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, and Troy Newman of Operation Rescue will participate.

In addition, several local Maryland Pastors and leaders are also scheduled to speak.

“We are excited at the overwhelming support for this event in the pro-life community,” Newman said. “It promises to be a powerful time of prayer and public witness.  We encourage all who can to join me and this all-star line-up of pro-life heroes in Germantown from July 30 through August 7 for nine days of standing in the gap for the babies.”

The theme of the event in Germantown is: “Do you believe prayer and public witness can end abortion? We do!”

The Maryland Coalition for Life, The Christian Defense Coalition, Operation Rescue and the local churches of Maryland are sponsoring the event and Michael Martelli, the Executive Director of the Maryland Coalition for Life, commented about it.

“Leroy Carhart came to Maryland because it is one of the most pro-abortion and unregulated states in the country.  Carhart has turned our great state into ‘Ground Zero’ in the battle for the lives of the next generation,” he said.

Rev. Charles Bail, Senior Pastor of Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, added that he “welcome the opportunity to stand for life in our community” because it “needs to know that we truly love and care for pregnant women in crisis and that we will help them so they are not left to think their only alternative is to take the life of their own child.”

“Our community needs to know that in the shadow of our nation’s capitol the barbaric practice of late-term abortion is being performed.  The Church cannot remain silent while 7 month old viable children in their mother’s wombs are being destroyed,” he said. “I look forward to uniting with numerous churches in praying and pleading for the protection of children and standing for their basic right to life.”

Carhart, a late-term abortion practitioner from Nebraska, relocated to Maryland after the Midwestern state passed an abortion ban that prohibits abortions after 20 weeks because of the intense pain a baby feels during the abortion.He now works at Reproductive Health Services, a longtime abortion center near the nation’s capital.

With just a few days’ notice, pro-lifers activated and put two protests on the street each boasting of over 600 people to pray and stand against Carhart’s late-term center previously. So many people showed up to the local protests  that local police officials cordoned off an area for the pro-life advocates and set up a command post near the Reproductive Health Services Clinic in case any incidents occurred between peaceful pro-life advocates and pro-abortion counterprotestors.