GERMANTOWN, MD, November 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Rather than opening a new clinic in Maryland, as he had previously announced he would, notorious late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart is instead joining up with an existing abortion business in Germantown, Maryland, reports the pro-life watchdog group Operation Rescue.

Carhart has been forced to move his late-term abortion business, thanks to a new Nebraska law that forbids abortions after 20 weeks gestation, the point at which the unborn child is able to feel pain.

He has announced plans to open facilities in three states, including Iowa, Maryland, and Indiana. The abortionist faces stiff opposition, however. Recently the city council in Council Bluffs, Iowa, unanimously voted to stop any plans to turn a city-owned lot into an abortion facility.

In reference to Carhart’s pending move to Maryland, Operation Rescue President Troy Newman said, “This is not an expansion of abortion, but a relocation of Carhart’s failing late-term abortion business in a desperate attempt to avoid financial ruin.”

Carhart’s move, which Operation Rescue labeled as “opportunistic,” allows him to capture a portion of the abortion market vacated by the notorious abortionist Steven Chase Brigham, whose abortion clinics recently closed after it was discovered that he was operating a secret illegal late-term abortion racket in Maryland.

Like Brigham, Carhart has no hospital privileges in any state, including Maryland, where he intends to commit the risky late second and third trimester abortions. The facility he will be using is Germantown Reproductive Health Services, located at 13233 Executive Park Terrace.

GRHS is an affiliate of the National Abortion Federation, a group of abortion mills that has what Operation Rescue described as an “abysmal record” of filthy clinics and dangerous abortionists. Convicted rapist Brian Finkel, who is currently serving 34 years in an Arizona prison for raping dozens of his abortion patients, was an NAF member.

“Being an NAF affiliate only increases our belief that conditions at the Germantown clinic are such that the lives and health of women seeking Carhart’s late-term abortion services would be placed at even greater risk than is usual for late-term abortions which are typically prone to complication,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

Carhart plans to begin late-term abortions at GRHS on December 6, 2010. Operation Rescue said it is working with Maryland and Washington, D.C. pro-life groups to employ peaceful, legal means to halt Carhart’s plans to do late-term abortions in Germantown.