Four members of clergy gather on a cold January day outside the doors of a Bethesda, Maryland abortion clinic. Others have gathered as well, softly singing hymns in the background. At first sight you might assume that this is yet another in a long string of protests against the clinic’s owner LeRoy Carhart. If you think this is a protest, though, you are wrong.
The four members of clergy, which included a Baptist pastor, a United Church of Christ minister and a Jewish Rabbi, did not gather on January 31st to protest the actions of the clinic. They gathered instead to bless it, despite the fact that the Bethesda clinic is known as one of the few clinics in the country which will perform infamous late term abortions.