Pro-life protesters rallied in front of Bethesda’s new late-term abortion clinic Tuesday, the day of its opening.
Pro-life advocates joined the Maryland Coalition For Life (MDCFL), which held both a rally in front of the clinic to protest its activities, as well as a prayer vigil Tuesday night to pray for the unborn babies who will be aborted if the clinic successfully continues its operations, according to Bethesda Magazine.
“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!” MDCFL wrote in its press release.
“This is a war,” said pro-life activist Missy Smith.
“The womb of one’s mother … should be the safest place in the world, and yet the womb of one’s mother has become the most dangerous place in the world,” protestor Susan Abel added.
Demonstration organizer Lauren Handy encouraged pro-life activists to show up for weekly candlelight vigils outside the abortion clinic, starting with its first Tuesday night.
The clinic will offer “advanced gestation abortion,” per its website description. The clinic lists its abortion services, which include the medical abortion pill, first trimester surgical abortions, second trimester multi-day abortions, induction abortions, maternal/fetal indication abortions, and self-induced abortions. (RELATED: Late-Term Abortion Clinic Opens Its Doors In Maryland).
Dr. LeRoy Carhart opened the practice in Maryland because its abortion laws are more relaxed than most states, allowing him to perform abortions up to term, communications director Chelsea Souder said in a phone interview. “There’s a lot less barriers for women when they’re accessing abortion care,” she said.
“Those of us committed to reproductive freedom cannot rest while anti-abortion extremists work overtime to rob women of their health, lives and autonomy,” Carhart said in a press release.
The Bethesda clinic did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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