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Pro-life activists to pray Aug. 29 in front of abortion clinic in Bellevue


Pro-life activists are set to gather Aug. 29 outside the Abortion and Contraception Clinic of Nebraska in Bellevue for a peaceful, prayerful demonstration opposing Dr. LeRoy Carhart's plans to open a late-term abortion clinic. They also will talk to women arriving at the clinic for scheduled abortions.

Operation Rescue will join with Nebraskans United for Life and Rescue the Heartland in the Omaha area for a series of pro-life activities Aug. 28-29, including a training session Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. at St. Cecilia Parish's social hall for those who counsel women and their families.

The demonstration outside the abortion clinic, 1002 W. Mission Ave., will begin at 8 a.m.

The events are part of a national "Keep it Closed" campaign to block Carhart's efforts to establish a late-term abortion clinic to replace the now closed Women's Health Care Services in Wichita, Kan., where he once worked. Dr. George Tiller, a friend of Carhart's who ran the Wichita clinic, was murdered May 31 while attending church.

Carhart has become the national spokesperson for post-viability abortions, which take place in the third trimester of pregnancy when the baby is able to survive outside the womb. "It is shocking that Carhart is allowed to continue to operate, given the horrific condition of his dilapidated abortion mill, his participation in the abortion death of Christin Gilbert, and his part in so many botched abortions that have landed women in the emergency room," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, who will attend the event. "We pray that through the use of peaceful, legal means, Carhart will soon be out of the abortion business for good."

The weekend events are planned to train and encourage pro-life activists, said Ann Marie Bowen, president of Nebraskans United for Life.

"There are many people who support us in many, many ways in the pro-life effort but they are not going to the abortion mill," she told the Catholic Voice. "We're hoping that people who have not come before will be encouraged by our teaching and training of being peaceful and prayerful."

Bowen said she will be there Saturday "to once again, as we do every day abortions are taking place, to prayerfully and peacefully counsel women."

"I believe the more people we have there praying is a blessing, and may call more attention to the women and their families that we are there to support them."

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