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Hundreds Attend Late-Term Abortion Protest In Germantown

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA) -- Dr. LeRoy Carhart began working at Germantown Reproductive Heath Services Monday, performing late-term abortions of fetuses up to 26 weeks.

Hundreds of anti-abortion activists showed up to protest. They vow to run Carhart out of Maryland.

"I am proud to stand here with my friends, neighbors, pro-life colleagues and allies to condemn the grizzly work that Dr. LeRoy Carhart has begun in this facility today," said Peter Sprigg, Family Research Council.

"We want a law banning this barbaric practice in Maryland," said Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Christian Defense Coalition.

Dozens of pro-choice activists also showed up to support Dr. Carhart.

Concern for Missing Germantown Woman

Concern for Missing Germantown Woman

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police 5th/6th District Investigative Section are asking the public for help in locating a missing Germantown woman. 

Margaret Anyanso, age 46, was last seen at her residence, in the 13600 block of Palmetto Circle in Germantown, at 10:00 a.m. on November 28. 

She is described as a black female, 5’03” tall, weighs 140 pounds, has brown eyes, and short brown hair.  She was last seen driving a silver 2007 Toyota Camry with Maryland registration 9CJD64.     

Police and her family are very concerned for her well-being.  There is no foul play suspected.

Anyone who has information regarding her whereabouts is asked to call the Montgomery County Police 5th/6th District Investigative Section at 240-773-6237 or the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.  Callers may remain anonymous.

Peaceful Protest Planned Outside New Germantown Abortion Clinic

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA) -- Protests are expected today at a Germantown clinic that will provide controversial late-term abortions.

An anti-abortion group, called Operation Rescue, organized the peaceful protest.  It will take place outside Doctor LeRoy Carhart's new clinic, called Reproductive Health Services, which opens it's doors this morning.

Montgomery County Police have already placed officers outside the clinic as a precaution.

Carhart relocated his clinic from the midwest after Nebraska outlawed abortions beyond the 20th week of pregnancy.

Carhart says the Germantown office will also provide other services, including family planning.

'Massive' Protests Planned at Germantown Abortion Clinic

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA) -- National anti-abortion activists are planning to lay siege to a Gemantown clinic as a Nebraska doctor who performs controversial late-term abortions is planning to see patients there.

"We're going to show our outrage at this," said Troy Newman of Operation Rescue from the group's Kansas headquarters. Newman is planning a press conference and protest Monday.

Dr. Leroy Carhart is the most prominent of the handful of doctors in the U.S. who perform late-term abortions on women up to 26-weeks pregnant. He has been the subject of death threats and protests. His colleague Dr. George Tiller was murdered in Kansas last year.

Carhart is moving his late-term abortion practice to other states after Nebraska outlawed the procedure.

A spokesman for the Germantown Reproductive Health Services clinic announced Carhart would begin seeing patients there next week.

New Md. Law Will Change Traffic Ticket Process

New Md. Law Will Change Traffic Ticket Process

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- People who get traffic tickets in Maryland will have three options under a new law taking effect in January.
Now, drivers automatically have trial dates scheduled, but that won't happen under the new law.

They will be able to either pay the fine, ask for a waiver hearing instead of a trial or request a court date for a trial.

Drivers will have to comply within 30 days or risk having their driver's license suspended by the Motor Vehicle Administration.

Payable traffic violations like speeding, failure to obey a traffic signal, or failure to stop for a school bus are affected by the new law. Violations like driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or under a suspended license are not.

Late-Term Abortions to be Performed in Germantown

LeRoy Carhart is notorious in the pro-life movement.  He is one of few physicians in the U.S. to openly provide late-term abortions and now he is on the verge of opening two long-term abortion clinics in both Maryland and Iowa.

Dr. Carhart has partnered with Reproductive Health Services in Germantown, Md. rather than opening a brand new facility on his own.  He will be working in the very same building formerly operated by Stephen Chase Brigham, another well known abortionist.

"Dr. Carhart will begin performing both early and late-term abortions at Germantown Reproductive Health Services this week", said Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation.

"We think that it's important that women are able to access safe, high-quality abortion care, and do so without having to travel great distances," Saporta said. "Expanding care in Germantown will expand women's access to needed abortion care."

Md. Pension Commission To Consider Changes Dec. 13

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- A state commission reviewing how to get a handle on large unfunded liabilities in Maryland's pension and health benefit system for state employees is scheduled to begin voting on recommendations Dec. 13.

Casper Taylor, Maryland's former House speaker who chairs the Public Employees' and Retirees' Benefit Sustainability Commission, said Monday he hopes the commission will be in position to vote on a preliminary report during the week of Christmas to present to Gov. Martin O'Malley and the Legislature, which convenes in January.

One major proposal under consideration includes a five-year freeze on cost-of-living adjustments for retirees. The commission also is aiming to reduce state health care costs by 10 percent.