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Here’s a scene from Germantown, Maryland, where hundreds of clinic defenders have been gathering to peacefully protect the clinic where Dr. LeRoy Carhart will provide care to women in need of late abortions.
On one side of the street, a block away from a small group of anti-choicers, peaceful defenders held signs of support for Dr. Carhart. One of the defenders, a pregnant 20-something woman, sat on the curb in the heat and humidity holding her sign. A man darted across the street from her and started taking pictures. He then darted back across the street toward her to take more. Finally, he got down in the middle of the street in front of the pregnant woman, taking pictures of her.
She asked, in exasperation (an obvious reaction when someone is upskirting you sitting on a sidewalk, pregnant and hot) and concerned he would get hit by a car: “Who are you?”
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His answer? “I am Troy Newman, bitch.”
Troy Newman is the President of Operation Rescue, the group that applauded the death of Dr. George Tiller, and claims a desire to “protect and respect women.”
Dr. Carhart closed his clinic practice this week because he did not want to subject his clients to the harassment of Newman and his minions.