Officials in Nebraska Begin Investigating Late-Term Abortion Practitioner Carhart
by Steven Ertelt
September 28, 2009
Bellevue, NE (LifeNews.com) — Officials in Nebraska have begun investigating late-term abortion practitioner LeRoy Carhart, who has been accused of illegal and unethical practices by former employees. One of the pro-life groups involved in exposing him says it received word that the office of the state attorney general is involved.
Operation Rescue informed LifeNews.com today that the office of Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning is in the process of interviewing former Carhart abortion employees who submitted affidavits.
The legal papers blew the whistle on alleged unethical and illegal activities at his Omaha-area abortion business.
One of the former workers contacted Operation Rescue and told the group she was interviewed last week.
"We are encouraged that the Attorney General’s office is taking the allegations against Carhart seriously and are in the process of investigating this case," said Operation Rescue president Troy Newman.
"Mr. Bruning seems to be a man of integrity and we believe that he will enforce the law once he is convinced that the laws have been broken," Newman emailed LifeNews.com. "We are confident that once the investigation is completed, the Attorney General will find there is more than enough evidence on which to bring criminal charges."
Operation Rescue has joined several pro-life groups including Nebraska Right to Life, Rescue the Heartland, Nebraskans United For Life, and the Christian Defense Coalition in trying to expose the problems at Carhart’s abortion center.
Representatives of the groups met with Bruning earlier this month.
On the day the groups announced they had been informed that the state health department was looking into Carhart’s abortion center, the abortion practitioner laid off nearly half his staff.
Some of those women went to the press with their stories of illegal activity by Carhart. Three of his former employees and some who were not involved in those layoffs contacted Operation Rescue and Rescue the Heartland and agreed to submit affidavits to the Attorney General and the state health department.
One woman recently indicated Carhart and his staff told her to commit illegal acts during her employment at his Abortion and Contraception Clinic of Nebraska.
Newman said this latest Carhart employee left her job voluntarily and indicated she had no medical background but routinely assisted with surgeries, started IVs, and dispensed medication without the proper credentials.
She also indicated that she believed that Carhart was, at times, chemically impaired while on duty.
The other former employees at Carhart’s abortion business also said abortions that were done without proper licensing and that they started IVs for him even though they are not registered nurses or certified licensed practical nurses, as required by state law.
Some of the women claimed that they believed that Carhart was often chemically impaired while on duty, that he had poor personal hygiene, and that he rarely if ever washed his hands between patients.
After the pro-life groups met with Bruning, Julie Schmit-Albin, the director of Nebraska Right to Life, talked with LifeNews.com.
She indicated Bruning would not say whether a criminal investigation will ensue, but said the pro-life advocates had a "very good" meeting to discuss the "serious" allegations.
Some of the information is going to the state health department while some of it will stay with Bruning’s office.
"Witnesses have come forward with sworn statements regarding what they saw and were asked to do inside Carhart’s facility," the Nebraska pro-life leader said. "We expect DHHS will do its job with regard to regulatory and licensing violations and that the Attorney General will do his job with regard to criminal allegations."
"Having former employees willing to speak on record makes all the difference," she said, adding that it would have been helpful in a previous case.
"It is what we should have had to pursue Planned Parenthood of Lincoln’s abortion facility in 2002 when the former clinic director made anonymous allegations but refused to come forward publicly," she told LifeNews.com. "We acknowledge that this cannot be an easy thing for these former employees but it is the necessary and right thing to do."
The groups filed a formal complaint about the alleged illegal and unsafe practices at Carhart’s abortion business and were notified by the Nebraska Attorney General’s office that the complaint had been forwarded to the Department of Health and Human Services, (NHHS), and that the Attorney General would monitor their investigation.
Other allegations include missing narcotics and the alteration of the fetal age of unborn children so late-term abortions Carhart would do would comply with state law.
The pro-life groups also note that Carhart did the late-term abortion on the baby of 19-year old Christin Gilbert that was botched and resulted in Gilbert’s death.
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