Maryland Pro-Lifers to Protest Newly Opened Late Term Abortion Clinic of LeRoy Carhart

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Pro-life groups are staging protests against the newly opened Maryland clinic of infamous late term abortion provider Dr. LeRoy Carhart.

Carhart opened the new clinic in Bethesda on Tuesday, occupying the Wildwood Medical Center building off of Old Georgetown Road.

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(Photo: AP Images / Nati Harnik, File)This June 2, 2009 file photo shows Dr. LeRoy Carhart wearing a black arm band during a news conference in his office in Bellevue, Neb. The Nebraska doctor said Wednesday that he will perform third-term abortions in Kansas after the slaying of abortion provider George Tiller, but declined to say whether his plans include opening a new facility or offering the procedure at an existing practice.

The Maryland Coalition for Life and other groups have announced their intention to protest, offering what the group calls "a powerful, prayerful presence in Bethesda."

"It is important for us to have a large presence to let the community and business owners know that we are committed to ending abortion in Maryland. We need you, your family, and friends to be there," stated the MCL.

"We also need to let the management company of Wildwood Medical Center, Aubinoe Management Company, know that we are against the abortions that will be taking place in their building."

Also present for the demonstrations will be the Washington, DC-based Family Research Council's director of the Center for Human Dignity, Arina Grossu.

Grossu is scheduled to speak at the Tuesday afternoon event, along with Pastor Charlie Baile of MCL, Michele Hendrickson of Students for Life, and others.

In a statement released Monday, the FRC noted that Carhart formerly performed late term abortions at a clinic in Germantown, which involved many incidents regarding women seeking abortions.

"... at least ten women were rushed to hospital emergency rooms by ambulance suffering from life-threatening complications as a result of the risky abortion procedures he performed on them," stated the FRC.

"Twenty-nine year old Jennifer Morbelli died from complications in 2013 following the abortion procedure in Carhart's office of her 33-week gestation baby girl, Madison."

Carhart is a controversial figure due to being one of the few abortionists in the country who performs the procedure through all nine months of pregnancy.

His former Germantown clinic was the source of many protests by pro-life groups. That clinic closed earlier this year after the MCL purchased a contract on the building.

William Montrose of the real estate company AMR Commercial, which is a leasing agent at the building Carhart is moving into, told Bethesda Magazine that they have received many calls and voice messages against having the clinic at the facility.

"I don't want to say they're threatening calls, but they're more, I guess, pressing me to try to convince the owner to void the lease," said Montrose to the Magazine. "It's not exactly like, 'We're coming to blow your building up,' or anything, but kind of veiled."

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