Groups plan to protest late-term abortions done at Md. clinic

By Lena H. Sun
Monday, December 6, 2010

Antiabortion groups plan to protest a Nebraska doctor who will start working and performing late-term abortions Monday at a Germantown clinic.

Security is expected to be tight, and demonstrators will not be allowed in the private business park where the clinic is located or the parking lot in front of it, Montgomery County police officials said.

LeRoy Carhart is one of the few doctors in the United States to perform the controversial procedure. He will be working at Germantown Reproductive Health Services, which already performs abortions earlier in a pregnancy. Only a handful of doctors publicly acknowledge that they perform abortions late in a pregnancy, and Carhart has been the target of abortion protests.

"We don't want Maryland to become the late-term abortion capital of America," said the Rev. Patrick Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition.

Organizers said they plan to stage regular, peaceful demonstrations as long as Carhart is working at the clinic.

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