At mid-point of the Summer of Mercy 2.0, organizers are excited to see new faces joining the movement to stop abortion

Germantown, MD – Organizers for the Summer of Mercy are experiencing a phenomenon they did not expect. An estimated three-quarters of the participants of the Summer of Mercy 2.0 are residents of the Germantown area who have never participated in pro-life street activism prior to this week.
“We are really encouraged by the participation from the local Churches. Men and women who have never stood outside an abortion clinic before are bringing their families to the streets to stand for life,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “It is great to see so many new people being brought into the movement and activated.”
Summer of Mercy 2.0 participants gather outside LeRoy Carhart’s late-term abortion clinic in Germantown, Maryland, three times a day at 8:00 AM, noon, and 7 PM for formal prayer and worship, and to hear from nationally known speakers. Smaller groups maintain vigil throughout the day.
So far, the event has closed down Carhart’s abortion operation for the week. The leadership team made the decision yesterday to extend the event through Monday when late-term abortions are expected to resume.
“We know as long as Christians continue stand in public testimony, lives will be saved and eventually this clinic will eventually close for good,” said Newman.
A petition to Maryland authorities is also being circulated asking them to investigate and close Carhart’s late-term abortion business. So far in the event, 500 new signatures have been added with hundreds more expected by the end of the week.
“We are seeing a strong base of support being raised up to keep the pressure on here in Germantown long after the Summer of Mercy event formally ends,” said Newman. “If Carhart and his cohorts think they can hide out for a week, then have business as usual come Monday morning, they underestimate the resolve of the good people of Maryland.”

View event photos in our updated photo album

Watch the video