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Police Anticipate Peaceful Abortion Protests

Police will foster a “safe and peaceful way for people to enjoy their First Amendment rights.”

Montgomery County Police officers don't expect trouble from abortion protestors who have planned a week of rallies in Germantown, starting Saturday.

“They want to be peaceful,” said Cmd. Luther Reynolds, with Montgomery County Police Department’s 5th District.

Reynolds said he has met with the leaders of the anti-abortion and pro-abortion rights groups who have planned concurrent rallies between Saturday, July 30, and Sunday, Aug. 7.

The protests culminate at the office of Dr. Leroy Carhart, who performs late-term abortions in Germantown.

Operation Rescue and Maryland Coalition for Life plan to launch the Summer of Mercy 2.0. Pro-abortion rights supporters. The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice has planned the Summer of Celebration of Choice.

“I have a lot of reason to believe they’ll be good to their word,” Reynolds said.

Reynolds said he did not think the Germantown protests would match the Summer of Mercy in Kansas in 1991, which resulted in 2,600 arrests.

In Germantown, police anticipate between 500 to 1,000 protesters, with the most people expected on Sunday, July 31, Monday, Aug. 1, and Sunday, Aug. 7.

Reynolds said there would be a police presence at the rallies, but he was unable to provide a specific number. He said it would be the police’s job to foster a “safe and peaceful way for people to enjoy their First Amendment rights.”

“We have developed a positive relationship with both sides,” Reynolds said.

Separate grassy areas have been designated to accommodate anti-abortion and pro-abortion rights groups, Reynolds said.

Protesters are not allowed to block streets or sidewalks, Reynolds said.

Monica July 26, 2011 at 02:21 PM
These people are a nuisance in our neighborhood.
Leslie Palma-Simoncek July 26, 2011 at 03:57 PM
http://summerofmercy.com/ The kickoff rally is Saturday night at 7 for the Summer of Mercy 2.0. Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, will be the keynote speaker. THe opening service is at Covenant LIfe Church, 7501 MUncaster MIll Rd., Gaithersburg.
Danielle July 26, 2011 at 05:31 PM
They had some quite disturbing images as tall as me with dead babies on the side of the road this morning when I was leaving for work... Not good images for my 4 year old son to see on his way to daycare. I'm all for freedom of speech, but those images were a little much. Think about the kids passing by that have to see them...
Monica July 26, 2011 at 05:36 PM
This is EXACTLY how I feel. I wouldn't begrudge anyone their freedom of speech but those images should be considered vulgar and they should not have permits that allow them to be used during their protest. If someone staged a protest and put sexually graphic images on banners...I would feel the same way...that it is HIGHLY inappropriate.
Joanna July 27, 2011 at 01:28 PM
These are my thoughts exactly!!!! I was forced to explain abortion to my 7 and 8 year olds yesterday because they asked about the graphics. I think these pictures are emotionally abusive!!!! If these people cared about children so much, they would not force these images upon our young ones. How dare they!!!! Now I have to deal with confusing questions and the threat of nightmares! I spend all my time protecting my children and then these monsters shove these pics in their face!!!!!!

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