Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Anti-abortion group releases secret tapes.
Pregnant undercover operatives pretending to seek abortions captured what may be the first recorded remarks from LeRoy Carhart regarding a New York woman who died in February after getting a late-term abortion in Germantown, The Washington Post reports. Carhart is a physician who performs late-term abortions at Reproductive Health Services in Germantown as well as splitting his time at a clinic in Nebraska. The Post reports that there were two secret videotapings at Carhart’s Nebraska clinic. The anti-abortion group Live Action released the remarks to The Post and has posted them on its website. According to The Post’s account, Carhart is taped saying that the woman who died had “an allergic reaction” to her pregnancy that was unrelated…
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Jennifer McKenna Morbelli visited Germantown abortion clinic.
An elementary school teacher from New York state died from abortion-related complications, a spokesman for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Thursday. Jennifer McKenna Morbelli, 29, of New Rochelle, NY, died Feb. 7 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, days after she had an abortion at Germantown Reproductive Health Services. The manner of Morbelli’s death was “natural," Bruce Goldfarb, a spokesman for the chief medical examiner's office, told Patch. “Disseminated intravascular coagulation” and “amniotic fluid embolism” were listed as causes of death on the death certificate, Goldfarb said. Amniotic fluid embolism is when amniotic fluid escapes into the blood stream. “It’s very rare, very serious,” Goldfarb said. …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Jennifer McKenna Morbelli, 29, was pronounced dead at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital on Feb. 7, The Gazette reports. Police confirmed Morbelli had an abortion proceedure at Germantown Reproductive Health Services.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Anti-abortion protestors allege the woman died after receiving an abortion at Germantown Reproductive Services.
The Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is investigating the death of a 29-year-old woman whom anti-abortion activists allege died after receiving an abortion at Germantown Reproductive Health Services. The woman died Thursday at Shady Grove Hospital, according to the chief medical examiner’s office. The cause and manner of death was still pending. “Any speculation at this point would be premature,” spokesman Bruce Goldfarb told Patch. Montgomery County Police is coordinating with the medical examiner’s office on the investigation and is awaiting its report, a police spokeswoman told Patch on Monday. Last week, Capt. Paul Starks, a police spokesman, told The Washington Post that there was “no indication of any criminal activity …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The Los Angeles-based pastor was arrested during the Obama inauguration Monday.
Tuesday, January 22
By Anamika Roy, Capital News Service A vocal anti-abortion protester who climbed a tree at the Presidential Inaugural on Monday was arrested by Capitol Police after his screaming disturbed ticketholders. A man identified by Capitol Police as Rives Grogan was a ticketed guest, who was detained after causing the disturbance, said Capitol Police spokesman Shennell S. Antrobus. He has been a pastor at New Beginnings Christian Church in Los Angeles, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. He has twice disrupted Supreme Court proceedings, according to an NBC Washington story. The protester accused President Obama, whom he called "the anti-Christ," of killing babies and causing bloodshed. He asked attendees to "Stop Obama." The protester held a …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
GOP platform committee approves plank calling for ban on abortion but doesn’t specifically address exceptions for victims of rape or incest.
A GOP committee has adopted a convention platform that calls for a constitutional ban on abortion, though without specifically addressing exceptions for victims of rape or incest. The platform will come up for a vote at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Monday. Germantown has been a focal point for the broader abortion debate ever since the arrival of Dr. LeRoy Carhart, who openly performs late-term abortions at Reproductive Health Services. His presence sparked numerous protests from activists on either side of the debate and has made national headlines. Campaigners for Germantown’s U.S. congressional district race recently got pulled into the discussion, with John Delaney, a Democrat, calling on Republican incumbent Rep. …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Appeals court strikes down requirement that Montgomery County anti-abortion pregnancy centers tell patients they don’t “have a licensed medical professional on staff.”
A health regulation requiring anti-abortion pregnancy centers in Montgomery County to provide a disclaimer to patients has been ruled unconstitutional. Last week, a federal appeals court struck down the requirement that the centers had to tell patients they did not “have a licensed medical professional on staff,” according to federal court records Patch accessed online. The decision stems from a lawsuit filed in 2010. Centro Tepeyac, a Silver Spring-based nonprofit that provides pregnancy services but does not refer or provide abortions, sued the county, challenging the constitutionality of the resolution shortly after it was adopted by Montgomery County Council. Centro argued the resolution violated their rights to free speech, federal …
Monday, May 21, 2012
Targeted by anti-abortion protestors, landlord of Germantown abortion clinic counters with phone calls
It was one thing for anti-abortion protesters to shift their focus from Dr. LeRoy Carhart — one of the few doctors in the country to openly perform late-term abortions — to the landlord of his Germantown clinic, said Todd Stave, the man who leases to the doctor. But then abortion opponents staged a rally outside his daughter's middle school, Stave said. "They made an error in judgment coming after my family," Stave said. "I'm not someone who's going to run and hide." Voice of Choice was born. Under Stave's Voice of Choice initiative, volunteers call the homes of abortion opponents at their homes. The 44-year-old businessman said the initial list of numbers, about 30, comprised people who called his home urging him to stop leasing to …
Monday, May 14, 2012
Do the actions of anti-abortion, abortion rights advocates cross the line?
In what he said was response to inappropriate tactics of anti-abortion protestors, Todd Stave, the landlord of the Germantown clinic that rents to abortion practitioner LeRoy Carhart, has been calling the homes of anti-abortion protestors, Voice of Choice. Patch reported on Voice of Choice in September 2011, a plan Stave hatched shortly after anti-abortion protestors staged a rally outside his child’s middle school. The topic is back in the news again — The Baltimore Sun picked up the story in light of a recent lecture Stave gave at a Baltimore-area community college, reopening the discussion of First Amendment Rights and whether those on both sides of the issue have crossed the line. Some Background Germantown has been nudged into the …
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Abortion rights campaign formed after protestors targeted daughter’s school.
The landlord of a Germantown abortion clinic responded to anti-abortion rallies outside his child's middle school by forming his own group, Voice of Choice. Todd Stave told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Friday that he formed the group by emailing 20 people within his circle. The group has been contacting anti-abortion protestors who had contacted Stave by phone and email, Stave said. Stave claimed that he’s reached out to 5,000 people over the span of two days and that the callers who were contacting protestors were now doing so “on their on own accord.” “They just picked on the wrong guy this time,” Stave said told Maddow. “I’m not doing anything except renting space to this clinic. To go in front of my daughter’s middle school and attempt to …