LeRoy Carhart: No Abortion Center in Kansas But Late-Term Abortions in Nebraska

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 4, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

LeRoy Carhart: No Abortion Center in Kansas But Late-Term Abortions in Nebraska

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 4
, 2009

Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) — Earlier this week, pro-life advocates celebrated the fact that late-term abortion practitioner LeRoy Carhart missed his own self-imposed deadline for opening a new abortion business in Kansas to replace the one shut down in the wake of the George Tiller shooting. Now, Carhart has confirmed that is the case.

The pro-life group Operation Rescue has been closely following Carhart’s plans and one of its volunteers was able to get Carhart himself to comment on the situation.

"We’re actually working out of the Nebraska clinic right now," he said. "I’m thinking we may not go ahead and develop that down there."

"We had made arrangements – had made an offer, but I think we are probably not going to go through with that. We’ve talked to the seller and I think we are just going to stay in Nebraska for now," Carhart said.

Carhart first announced that he would be opening a new abortion business to replace Tiller’s on the day after Tiller was shot and killed while attending church. The Tiller family eventually decided to close his abortion center making it so Carhart would have to open his own instead of running Tiller’s.

Carhart changed his story several times, telling the media that he would open his own late-term abortion clinic in Wichita and later saying his new clinic would be in a community within 25 miles of Wichita.

"This is a win, win, win situation," Operation Rescue president Troy Newman told LifeNews.com today, "because it accomplished its goal of keeping Carhart out of Kansas."

"It is a win for the people of Kansas who are weary of being the national focus of the abortion debate. But most importantly, it is a win for the babies," Newman added.

Newman also said Carhart revealed to OR’s contact that his Nebraska abortion business does not make enough money to pay him a salary, and that only about ten percent of post-viability abortion Tiller’s business has followed him to Nebraska.

"Those abortions include some as late as 30 weeks of gestation, according to Carhart. However, he indicated that he did not know how to advertise nor did he have the time to do so," Newman said.

Newman said the decline in late-term abortions is good news.

"During our efforts in Kansas, there was a 54 percent decrease in post-viability abortions at Tiller’s clinic where Carhart worked. Now, out of that remaining 46 percent, Carhart is only doing a small fraction," he said.

"By running Carhart out of Kansas, we have helped put a huge dent in the nation’s late-term abortion business. That means babies will have an opportunity at life that they would not have had if Carhart had simply picked up where Tiller left off," he added.

Meanwhile, the New York Times published a story today concerning Carhart.

Since Tiller’s death, "Carhart has hired two people who worked at Dr. Tiller’s clinic and has trained his own staff members in the technical intricacies of performing late-term abortions."

Carhart also admitted to the Times that he has begun doing abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy and "is prepared to perform them still later if they meet legal requirements and if he considers them medically necessary."

“There is a need, and I feel deeply about it,” he said after doing eight abortions in one day.

"Carhart declined to provide specifics on how late in a pregnancy he would be willing to perform an abortion," the Times indicated.

"Carhart’s fee schedule lists prices for abortions up to 22 weeks and 6 days (at that point, $2,100 in cash or $2,163 on a credit card), but notes that abortions after 23 weeks are available “after consultation with our doctor,” and that abortions after the 27th week may take four days," the Times reported.

Carhart dismissed the efforts by pro-life groups to stop him from doing the later-term abortions.

“They have never targeted me more,” he said of abortion opponents. “But to me, the most dangerous response would be for me to stop what I am doing. The thought that killing Tiller might also succeed in closing another clinic — that’s my main reason for keeping open.”

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