GERMANTOWN, Md. (AP) — Protesters say they’re trying to call attention to Maryland’s abortion laws after the opening of a clinic in Germantown that’s believed to be offering late-term abortions.
Dr. LeRoy Cathcart planned to open the clinic late last week. Cathcart is one of a handful of doctors who acknowledge providing late-term abortions. He has said he wants to ensure more women have access to the procedure by expanding to states where it remains legal.
About 600 people gathered outside the Germantown clinic on Saturday. The protest was organized by the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.
Christa Lopiccolo is executive director of the department of life issues for the archdiocese. She says “Maryland is becoming a safe haven” for abortion doctors because of “the laxity of the law.”