Two groups that oppose abortion rights have rented office space across a small Germantown parking lot from LeRoy Carhart, one of the few doctors in the country known to perform later-term abortions.

Carhart opened his office late last year after coming from Nebraska, where a new law made it illegal to perform abortions after 20 weeks.

Operation Rescue and the Maryland Coalition for Life celebrated their new lease, saying in a statement that their priority is to be a “referral and resource center for women considering abortion (early or late-term) and for women who have already made that tragic and costly decision.” The space will also “be used as a place of prayer for pro-life supporters,” the groups said.

The Maryland group said in an appeal to supporters that the lease is $30,000 for the first year and asked for immediate donations. A photo of the site shows that the two businesses will be just feet from one another when the abortion-rights opponents begin their lease April 1.

“Locating an office like this across from the most notorious late-term abortionist in the country was a high priority for us. We wanted to do more than just ask women not to abort their babies. We wanted to provide them with practical assistance, spiritual guidance and true friendship so that abortion would no longer be a consideration. This office will do all of that,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

Michelle Boorstein is the Post’s religion reporter, where she reports on the busy marketplace of American religion.
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