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December 6, 2010

Statement of Support for Dr. Carhart

Washington, D.C. – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Jenny Blasdell, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland, issued a joint statement reaffirming the organizations’ support for Dr. LeRoy Carhart, who today begins providing care for women at a Germantown, Maryland-based reproductive-health services center. 

“After Dr. George Tiller was brutally murdered inside his Kansas church in 2009, Dr. LeRoy Carhart stepped up his commitment to provide care to women who face severe health- or life-threatening complications in their pregnancies.  Dr. Carhart’s courageous decision to continue serving women and their families after Dr. Tiller’s murder made him the top target of anti-choice groups. These groups organized protests outside his Nebraska-based clinic and used the legislative process to make it more difficult for the women and families he served to access the care he provides in that state. As Dr. Carhart begins his practice in Maryland, we stand behind him and his staff as they provide care to women and families who often are in heart-breaking situations. It is disappointing and outrageous that these patients will have to endure anti-choice harassment outside the health center in order to access the care they need. We are confident that the people of Maryland will support Dr. Carhart and the women he serves. Marylanders will oppose any efforts to make their state the home of the anti-choice threats and intimidation like we have seen in Kansas and Nebraska.”

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