Carhart Misleads Maryland Medical Board on Late Abortions

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 15, 2010   |   12:50PM   |   Annapolis, MD

When LeRoy Carhart relocated much of his abortion business from Nebraska to Maryland, he apparently didn’t tell the state medical board the truth about the abortions he would do in Germantown.

Carhart, the infamous late-term abortion practitioner who twice went before the Supreme Court to keep partial-birth abortions legal, started working for an abortion business outside the nation’s capital when Nebraska passed a fetal pain law banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

He applied for a license to practice medicine in Maryland in September and the pro-life group Operation Rescue alleges he intentionally concealed the true nature of his risky late-term abortion practice from the Maryland Board of Physicians. The group recently received a redacted copy of Carhart’s application for Maryland licensure, obtained through a Maryland Public Information Act request.

On page two of the application, Carhart lists his current position as Medical Director and Staff Physician of “Bellevue Health/Emergency Clinic, Inc.” located at 1002 West Mission Avenue in Bellevue, Nebraska. That’s the address of his abortion business, the Abortion and Contraception Clinic of Nebraska.

“Why use a dummy corporation instead of the actual name of his abortion business? It is obvious that Carhart attempted to deceive without technically lying. It shows a devious attitude that poses a danger in the field of medicine,” said the group’s president, Troy Newman.

Carhart does not mention on his application that he worked for late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller for more than a decade doing late-term and late abortions on pregnant women near and after viability for the unborn child. Newman says that omission and the lack of any information about the abortions Carhart has done in other states, helps to conceal the truth about the nature of Carhart’s late-term abortion business.

“Looking at his Maryland medical license application, there is no mention of abortion anywhere,” Newman says. “One is lead to believe that Carhart is an emergency room physician and university professor. There is no indication on that application that he is the most notorious late-term abortionist in the nation.”

“When the most notorious abortionist in the world tries to cover up what he does for a living, you know he has something to hide,” he added.

Operation Rescue has submitted to the Maryland Board of Physicians documentation on Carhart’s involvement in the death of a mentally disabled Texas girl, Christin Gilbert, who was 19 year-old at the time of her death from the abortion Carhart did at the abortion center Tiller ran in Wichita, Kansas before he was killed.

“We intend to press the issue with the medical board and other authorities until women are safe from Carhart’s deceptive and exploitive abortion practices,” said Newman.

Carhart faced more than 600 pro-life protesters on each of two days after starting to do abortions at the Germantown abortion center.

He will do abortions in the second trimester and says he will only do abortions after viability if the woman or unborn child faces a life-threatening conditon, according to Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation.