Residents of Pueblo, Colorado gathered to pray and protest Sunday outside a new abortion facility that may begin aborting unborn babies up to birth in their town.
KRDO reports dozens of local pro-lifers stood all along the sidewalk on Orman Avenue, holding signs that read “Stop abortion now,” “Women deserve better than abortion” and “Pray to end abortion” as the CARE abortion facility, run by elderly late-term abortionist Leroy Carhart, held an open house.
“We pray for these mothers, pray for these people that are wrongfully proposing and pursuing this project,” Catholic Bishop Stephen Berg of Pueblo told the local news.
In Colorado, abortions are legal for any reason up to birth, and Pueblo residents recently learned that Carhart purchased a building to expand his abortion work there. His website advertises abortions for any reason up to 24 weeks at the new Colorado location, but he may be planning to offer third-trimester abortions there in the future.
Carhart also runs abortion facilities in Nebraska and Maryland, and is under investigation by Nebraska health officials after a 35-year-old patient accused him of nearly killing her in a botched abortion in February, according to Operation Rescue.
Berg said the pro-lifers who gathered Sunday want to be a witness to the value of every human life.
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“The future of the community of Pueblo and the future of our human race has to do with how we deal with these hidden, invisible lives that are given to us,” he told the local news.
The community strongly opposes the new abortion facility – the first in the town. Last week, the Pueblo City Council voted 5-2 to advance a pro-life ordinance from Councilwoman Regina Maestri that could stop Carhart from aborting unborn babies there.
Carhart is a well-known late-term abortionist who challenged the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban and lost.
In August, Operation Rescue reported Nebraska health officials are investigating Carhart after a patient accused him of a near-fatal botched abortion. The pro-life watchdog group also recorded evidence of 27 life-threatening medical emergencies at his two abortion facilities since 2012, including one woman who died along with her baby after a late-term abortion in 2013.
During a 2019 interview with the BBC, Carhart shocked journalist Hilary Andersson when he candidly admitted that he kills babies, and he has no problem doing so – even after they are viable. Unlike many abortion activists, Carhart used the word “baby,” too.
Many midwestern and southern states began to protect unborn babies from abortion after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June. More than 20 states either ban abortions or are fighting in court to do so, and pro-life leaders estimate these laws will save hundreds of thousands of lives.