Yesterday, local anti-abortion group the Maryland Coalition for Life announced that it would soon open a pro-life pregnancy center directly across from the Germantown clinic where Dr. LeRoy Carhart, a colleague of the late Dr. George Tiller, performs abortions. The target audience for the new operation? "Anybody within the area that’s considering having an abortion," says Mike Martelli, executive director of the coalition.
But specifically, the center hopes to reach those women who are considering having an abortion, immediately, just across the parking lot. The Maryland Coalition for Life has provided this handy illustration of its proximity to Carhart's clinic:
(The Maryland Coalition for life has also published a photograph of the facility's restroom, if you're interested in taking a more intimate tour. It's nice!)
What will be going down across Carhart's parking lot? Martelli insists that the new office is "not a crisis pregnancy center" but "merely a resource and referral center” that will help to “connect women" to two existing crisis pregnancy centers, each located within 15 minutes of Carhart’s clinic. The as-yet-unnamed office, which will open on April 2, will simply provide "choices, information, and referrals at no cost” to women, who will be recruited through local advertising and an out-front sign.
Adds Martelli: "There will be no protesting or picketing or harassment of people, or whatever else you may have heard, at that location. None of that stuff will be done at that center."