GERMANTOWN, MD -- "LeRoy Carhart has been in the business of murdering late-term babies for decades. States and cities have passed laws specifically to keep his particular brand of butchery outside their borders. When he slipped into Maryland, the state with the fewest restrictions on abortion, only pro-lifers noticed," said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. "That will change this weekend."
Father Pavone will deliver the keynote address Saturday at 7 p.m. as the Summer of Mercy 2.0 kicks off. Organized by Operation Rescue, the aim of the nine-day protest outside the abortion mill where Carhart performs late-term abortions, and in various locations nearby, is to make it impossible for his neighbors, and Maryland officials, to ignore what goes on behind those closed doors.
Father Pavone pointed out that Carhart conducts his risky late-term abortions in Maryland without having hospital privileges. "This means that if a patient needs emergency help due to a botched abortion, he has nowhere to take her," he said. "This is a violation of medical ethics and safe practice procedures. That's why he is under investigation by the Maryland Board of Physicians. And that's why pro-lifers in Maryland and around the country are determined to shut him down."
"Take part in the Summer of Mercy 2.0 and send an unequivocal message that murderers like Carhart will not be tolerated in our midst," Father Pavone said.
The kickoff rally and keynote address will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Covenant Life Church, 7501 Muncaster Mill Road, Gaithersburg, Md.
During the course of the week, Father Pavone will make several important calls to action for the pro-life movement, in conjunction with this event. For the full Summer of Mercy 2.0 schedule, visit http://summerofmercy.com
Priests for Life is the nation's largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.