Activists protest doctor performing late-term abortions at Md. clinic

By Lena H. Sun
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, December 6, 2010; 1:08 PM

About 200 to 300 antiabortion activists gathered near the Germantown clinic Monday where Nebraska doctor LeRoy Carhart has started performing late-term abortions.

Yellow police tape blocked the entrance to the clinic.

Organizers called for a boycott of other businesses in the office park where the clinic is located.

At about 12:30 p.m., after listening to about a dozen speakers talk for an hour denouncing Carhart, many in the crowd walked along the public sidewalk outside the office plaza to pray in protest.

Carhart was in the clinic, according to abortion rights activists.

Montgomery County police said earlier in the day that security would be tight and that demonstrators would not be allowed into the business park where the clinic is or in the parking lot in front of it.

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, where physicians 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 protests.

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

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

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