The House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, a sub-group of the Energy and Commerce Committee chaired by Rep. [score]Marsha Blackburn[/score] recently opened an investigation into the practices of abortionist LeRoy Carhart. His Germantown, Maryland abortion clinic is one of the few remaining clinics practicing third-trimester infanticide. According to the Committee, at least five women seeking an abortion in his clinic were sent to the hospital since December, 2015.
Carhart boasts that he has performed 80,000-100,000 abortions during his career. He feels no guilt for the lives he’s taken. In fact, this past February, Carhart told medical students at Johns Hopkins, “I believe I’m doing God’s work.”
He has gone to the Supreme Court twice to demand the legalization of his favorite method of partial-birth abortion– when a baby is mostly delivered, its skull is crushed and brain is vacuumed out (Gonzalez v. Carhart, 2007; Stenberg v. Carhart, 2000).
Aged 74, Carhart holds no hospital privileges anywhere, and has had no such privileges since 1982. As a result, the women who go to his clinic are risking their own lives. In the past four years, there have been 13 women who have had to be rushed to the emergency room because of a Carhart procedure. Five of them between December 2015-March 2016:
- March 30 2016, Germantown, MD: Witnesses told Operation Rescue the patient who was rushed to the hospital by ambulance was in her fourth day of a late-term procedure.
- March 20, 2016, Germantown, MD: Underage woman transported to Shady Grove Hospital suffering a late-term abortion-related medical emergency.
- February 4, 2016, Bellevue, NE: Woman transported to hospital suffering from an incomplete abortion. (Video.)
- January 19, 2016, Germantown, MD: Late-term abortion patient seriously bleeding was transported to a hospital. (Video and 911 recording.)
- December 15, 2015, Germantown, MD: Abortion patient transported to an emergency room accompanied by Carhart.
- July 2, 2014, Germantown, MD: African-American abortion patient transported to hospital.
- April 26, 2014, Bellevue, NE: Patient, 37, suffered from abdominal pain after Carhart had an “issue with the procedure.”
- March 4, 2014, Germantown, MD: Patient hemorrhaged after 2nd trimester abortion complications.
- November 30, 2013, Bellevue, NE: Patient suffered 2nd trimester abortion complications.
- November 26, 2013, Germantown, MD: Patient required emergency surgery. (Video with 911 recording.)
- July 9, 2013, Germantown, MD: Patient hemorrhaged. (Video with 911 recording.)
- February 7, 2013, Germantown, MD: Patient Jennifer Morbelli died of 3rd trimester abortion complications. (Autopsy Report.)
- March 31, 2012, Bellevue, NE: Patient heard moaning and screaming during 911 call (Video with 911 recording.)
In announcing the investigation Chairman Blackburn said:
“We have an obligation to protect the most vulnerable at all stages of life,” “This obligation was expressed in both the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act and the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act. Reports regarding the Germantown clinic are deeply troubling, both for the sake of babies whose lives are ended so close to—and possibly even after—birth and for the sake of the women who have been rushed from that clinic to the hospital with increasing frequency. In order to properly address these concerns, we have issued subpoenas not only to Dr. Carhart and his clinic, but also to hospitals and first responders who may have information that will be instructive. Time is of the essence.”
Why is abortionist LeRoy Carhart not in prison? And, why does he still have a license to practice medicine?