Vigil marks one year since arrival of late-term abortionist

By Michelle Bauman

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Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl

Hundreds of Catholics gathered for a Mass and prayer procession marking one year since late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart joined a clinic in Germantown, Maryland.

“Countless unborn infants are reaching out to hold on to us with all of their strength,” said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C.

He told those gathered that they are “the only voice” that the unborn have “in their struggle to find a place, a home, a life in this world.”

Cardinal Wuerl was the principal celebrant at the Dec. 10 Mass at Mother Seton Parish, near the abortion clinic where Carhart works. The service was followed by a candlelit procession to the facility, where participants offered rosaries and other prayers for the unborn.

Carhart is one of the few doctors in the U.S. who performs late-term abortions.

He came to Germantown Reproductive Health Services in December 2010 from Nebraska, which had outlawed abortions on unborn children 20 weeks or older.

In Maryland, abortions can be performed in all nine months of pregnancy if the abortionist determines that the mother’s health is threatened or that the child has “fetal abnormalities.”

Abortion rates in Maryland are almost 40 percent higher than the national average. In 2008 – the most recent year the Guttmacher Institute provided statistics for – more than 34,000 abortions were performed throughout the state.

In his homily, Cardinal Wuerl denounced “the evil of abortion on demand” and called it “almost inconceivable” that a civilized society would permit the killing of a “perfectly healthy, almost full-term child.”

“We should be appalled at how easily unborn human life is killed throughout this nation,” he said.

The cardinal emphasized the need for members of the faith to defend the millions of unborn children who need “someone to hold on to, someone to cling to, someone who will speak for and protect them.”

Observing the power of prayer to “change hearts,” he called on Catholics to continue making prayer an “instrument of change” in the world.

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