Partial-Birth Abortion Practitioner LeRoy Carhart Will Run George Tiller’s Center
by Steven Ertelt
June 1, 2009
Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) — Nebraska-based abortion practitioner LeRoy Carhart will take over the Wichita, Kansas abortion center formerly run by slain late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller. Carhart is most well known for his role in a Supreme Court case concerning a ban on partial-birth abortions.
When Nebraska lawmakers passed a ban on the partial-birth abortion procedure, which most Americans oppose, Carhart filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the ban in court.
The Supreme Court ultimately ruled in his favor, but later reversed itself when Congress approved a national partial-birth abortion ban over Carhart’s objections.
Carhart and Tiller are longtime friends and associates and Carhart told the Nebraska State Paper that he would make sure late-term abortions continue at Tiller’s abortion center, which his closed this week following his shooting death on Sunday.
In his comments, Carhart called pro-life advocates "terrorists" and said Tiller’s death was "a declaration of war" from the majority of Americans who take a pro-life position on abortion.
He called pro-life Americans "fundamentalist terrorists . . . no different from al-Qaida, the Taliban or any of them."
Carhart admitted he is "filled with rage" at pro-life people because of Tiller’s death and added that he won’t let either Tiller or his abortion center shut down.
Carhart has had troubles of his own, such as when he re-opened his Bellevue, Nebraska abortion center following an accidental fire. However, it didn’t stay open long because repairs on his abortion center hadn’t passed a city inspection.
He was accused of putting women’s health at risk by reopening without the inspection and broke the law by operating the abortion center without an occupancy permit he needed to do so. Carhart later admitted to the Bellevue Leader newspaper that he operated without a permit for three days.
Meanwhile, local pro-life advocates, who described the exterior of the abortion building as dilapidated and says it is surrounded by rusted-out vehicles and other junk, say Carhart put women at risk a second way.
Carhart relied on a generator for power with an electrical cord running outside from the generator to the abortion facility to provide electricity. Should it have failed, women could have been in medical danger.
"Can you even imagine what would have happened if that generator had run out of gas? This just goes to show how much contempt Carhart has for the law and for women," Operation Rescue president Troy Newman said at the time. "The law is nothing more than words on a paper to him."
Despite operating without a proper permit and putting women’s health at risk, Amie Newman of the pro-abortion RH Reality Check blog applauded Carhart, saying he is "uplifting, positive and based in respect for women as human beings."
She called Carhart’s continuing late-term and partial-birth abortions a "circle of care and compassion."
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