Nebraska doctor LeRoy Carhart began working Monday at a Germantown abortion clinic, prompting protests and a prayer vigil – and shifting the national battle over abortion from the Midwest to Maryland by focusing attention on a controversial procedure that stirs up strong feelings among many Americans.
One of the few doctors in the country who openly acknowledges performing abortions late in pregnancy, Carhart said last month that he chose the Washington area because Nebraska has implemented a law making it illegal to perform abortions beyond the 20th week of pregnancy. Only a handful of doctors say publicly that they perform late abortions, and Carhart has been the target of abortion protests.
About 300 protesters gathered on a grassy knoll near the entrance to the office park where the clinic is located. As wind gusts blew, organizers urged the crowd to boycott nearby businesses to put pressure on Carhart to leave Germantown Reproductive Health Services, which already performs abortions earlier in a pregnancy.
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