Abortion clinics across the nation have increasingly been offering discounts for their services on Sundays, partly to counter afternoon church protests by believers opposed to such clinics and the practice of abortion.
Examples of such offers include the Orlando Women's Center abortion clinic in Florida, which advertises discounted abortions with the offer: "LIMITED TIME SPECIAL! PRINT THIS PAGE AND BRING IT IN FOR $50 SAVINGS. ONLY ON SUNDAYS!"
The website Fund Abortion Now provides financial support to women seeking to have abortions and collects funds to aid them with their decision across all 50 states.
"The 100+ local abortion funds in our organization help women pay for abortions they can't otherwise afford," the website states.
Michael Martelli, Executive Director of Maryland Coalition for Life, an anti-abortion group seeking to protect the sanctity of human life, shared with The Christian Post that the practice of collecting money to fund abortions or offering discounted abortions is not uncommon, and that special Sunday discounts are not coincidental -- as it is the day many Christians can be found in houses of worship.
"I don't think there is any coincidence...abortion facilities are facing increasing presence from Christians praying during business hours, and are having to change up their business hours to try to avoid the attention. Carhart does this now in Germantown, he comes in Sunday afternoons, but the churches are coming together to increase the presence EVERY Sunday from 3-5, so people are there," Martelli shared.
LeRoy Carhart, an abortion practitioner in Germantown, Md., has been targeted by Maryland Coalition for Life for over a year for his high rates of abortions. The group has been campaigning to have his offices shut down. By Carhart's own accounts, the doctor performs 60 abortions a day. Last year, marking the one-year anniversary since Carhart stared business, more than 2,000 people gathered for a prayer vigil in front of his clinic, and placed 720 white crosses at the Germantown Reproductive Health Services in memory of the babies aborted in the past year.