A notorious Maryland late-term abortion clinic has been closed after a pro-life group that had worked for years to shut it down purchased the building the clinic operated in and evicted them.
The clinic was one of the three abortion clinics in the US performing late-term abortions, the other two being in Boulder, CO, and Albuquerque, NM.
The clinic, Germantown Reproductive Health Services, is operated by Dr. Leroy Carhart, who vowed to reopen his practice elsewhere.
“I am doing everything in my power to keep my practice open, and I am considering options looking toward the future,” he said, according to the Washington Post.
A representative from the local chapter of NARAL echoed his sentiment, saying “I have spoken to Dr. Carhart and he is in the process of trying to get his facility operating.” He told Chandler and Hendrix, “It will be the same clinic staff and they are hoping not to have any interruption in providing this service.”
Carhart has long been on the radar of pro-life groups as a central figure in the fight to criminalize abortion.
“Carhart, now 75, began commuting long-distance to Maryland to work at the Germantown clinic after Nebraska made it illegal to perform most abortions beyond 20 weeks,” the Post wrote.
He was also the plaintiff in two high-profile Supreme Court cases that related to abortion, Stenberg v. Carhart in 2000, a challenge to Nebraska’s ban on Partial-Birth abortion in which the court ruled in his favor. In 2007, in Gonzales v. Carhart, the Court upheld the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.
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