Catholics Plan Pro-Life March in Germantown

Comes as a new late-term abortion clinic is slated to open in the area.

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    WASHINGTON - JANUARY 22: A pro-life activist holds a sign in front of the U.S. Supreme Court as he participates in the annual "March for Life" event January 22, 2009 in Washington, DC. The event was to mark the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v Wade Supreme Court abortion ruling. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    Local pro-life activists will hold a mass and peaceful prayer procession to protest a new abortion clinic slated to open in Germantown, Md.

    Dr. LeRoy Carhart, a national advocate of the controversial late-term, partial-birth abortion procedure, was to start offering late-term surgical abortions at the new Reproductive Health Services Clinic in Germantown this week. Carhart worked most recently in Nebraska until the state stiffened its abortion law, making the termination of a pregnancy after 20 weeks illegal. Late-term abortions are still legal in Maryland.

    On Monday, hundreds of people gathered outside the office to protest the doctor’s arrival.  Pro-life activists held large posters of dead and mutilated fetuses. A handful of pro-choice supporters, some from the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, carried signs and vocalized support for Carhart's effort to expand a woman's access to abortion procedures.

    On Dec. 11, a group of Catholics will take part in a Mass and march toward Germantown Reproductive Health Services. The service begins at 8 a.m. at Mother Seton Parish (19951 Father Hurley Boulevard in Germantown).  The prayer procession will begin immediately afterward.