Abortion Business Landlord Attacks, Harasses Pro-Lifers

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 27, 2011   |   1:41PM   |   Germantown, MD

Todd Stave, the landlord of the abortion business in Maryland where late-term abortion practitioner LeRoy Carhart works is coming under fire for attacking and harassing pro-life advocates.

Stave is the landlord for Germantown Reproductive Health Services where Carhart started doing abortions after his home state of Nebraska passed a law prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. He is the son of an abortion practitioner and he recently appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC and complained he had received respectful phone calls asking him to stop leasing space to the abortion business.

Troy Newman, the president of Operation Rescue, a pro-life group that has been focusing on Carhart and the abortion business, says Stave has been harassing and attacking pro-life people recently.

Newman says Stave was involved in an altercation where he attacked and struck a peaceful protester acting within his First Amendment rights on a public sidewalk. The protester, Peter Shinn of Pro-life Unity, who is disabled and wears a prosthetic leg, was only videotaping the protest and he plans to file charges. Stave also, according to Newman, recently called the home of Michael Martelli, head of the Maryland Coalition for Life, and threatened his family and his children by name.

Meanwhile, an Operation Rescue staff member was harassed with over a hundred text messages in a 48 hour period by a phone number originating from Stave’s area code. He was reported to the FBI as a possible suspect. Newman says Stave has a history of criminal conduct. In 2006, he was convicted of three counts of selling cigarettes without a license and failure to obtain a trader’s license.

“Todd Stave is more than an abortion clinic landlord. He is the son of the founder of this particular abortion clinic and the brother of the current clinic director. He’s an abortion profiteer, but it goes beyond that,” Newman said. “He is actively protecting the family’s abortion business while misleading the public as to his true connections with it.”

Newman says Stave did not mention on the MSNBC show that his sister, Nancy Stave Samuels, is currently listed as the President of Germantown Reproductive Health Services, which includes the Prince George’s abortion clinic. Stave and Samuels serve as trustees for the Norma A. Testamentary Trust that also owns the business condo leased to Germantown Reproductive Health Services.

“Germantown Reproductive Health Services offers late-term abortions. The viable babies have their hearts injected with poison and the mothers are sent into labor. Women deliver their dead babies into a toilet or their babies are dismembered during delivery,” Newman said. “Stave is not the victim he would have us believe.”

“Stave’s hands are not clean. We pray for his repentance and that he will divest himself of any part of his family businesses that sheds innocent blood,” said Newman.