Summer Pro-Life Campaign Focuses on LeRoy Carhart in Maryland

State   Steven Ertelt   May 16, 2011   |   1:52PM    Germantown, MD

A summer pro-life campaign will focus more attention and public outcry against LeRoy Carhart, the late-term abortion practitioner who started working at a Maryland abortion business after his home state of Nebraska banned abortions after 20 weeks.

The pro-life group Operation Rescue focused on Carhart when he worked in Kansas, where it is located, and OR officials are shifting their attention to Maryland to expose his abortion practice there. They are calling for a summer campaign from July 31 through August 2 that it hopes will attract hundreds, if not thousands, of pro-life advocates to Maryland to participate.

“We sense a critical need to gather in Germantown to expose the horrific late-term abortion business of LeRoy Carhart, to prayerfully intervene on behalf of the babies that are scheduled to die, and to provide a peaceful yet powerful pro-life witness to the nation,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

Activities during the event will include round-the-clock prayer and worship, inspiring evening rallies with national political and Christian leaders, and cutting edge public events. The event is being planned by a coalition of pro-life/pro-family groups, including Operation Rescue, the Christian Defense Coalition, the Maryland Coalition for Life, and several local churches.

“It promises to be an historic season of prayerful and prophetic witness in Maryland,” Newman said.

“Americans overwhelming oppose late-term abortions, and Carhart may be among the worst in the nation. He is currently under criminal investigation in his home state of Nebraska for illegal and unsafe practices brought forward by his former employees. In Maryland, he is the subject of a full and active investigation by the Maryland Board of Physicians,” Newman said. “Carhart aborts babies in Maryland through the ninth month of pregnancy, when risks to the woman dramatically increase, even though he has no hospital privileges, and has not had any since 1987. Carhart was involved in the avoidable third-trimester abortion death of 19-year old Christin Gilbert in 2005.”

Rev. Patrick Mahoney, who heads the Christian Defense Coalition and is one of the event organizers, added, “This summer we believe God is calling the pro-life community to come to Germantown, Maryland. It is our hope and prayer that as scores come to ‘establish justice in the gates’ we will see an end to the violence of abortion and especially the practice of late-term abortion provider LeRoy Carhart.”

Carhart is under investigation by the Board of Physicians of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene based on a complaint filed by a pro-life advocates. He is employed at the Reproductive Health Services abortion business. According to information provided to LifeNews, a letter sent by the Board of Physicians states “… “…a full investigation has resulted from your complaint.” Also, sworn testimony has been taken by the Board of Physicians in their investigation of Carhart and his late abortions.

The probe revolves around complaints that Carhart possibly misled the Maryland medical board when applying for his license in the state.

Allegations in the complaint include:

• Carhart misrepresented his practice on his Maryland medical license application when he indicated he was an emergency room physician and university professor. In reality, Carhart has not had an affiliation with a hospital since 1987, and was stripped of any formal duties with the University of Nebraska in the late 1990s.
• Carhart’s Maryland application omits his decades of job history as owner and abortionist at the Abortion and Contraceptive Clinic in Bellevue, Nebraska, and 12 years of employment at Women’s Health Care Services in Wichita, Kansas, where he specialized in late-term abortions.
• Carhart conducts risky late-term abortions in Maryland without hospital privileges.
• Carhart has a history of involvement in multiple botched late-term abortions during his employment in Kansas, including the third trimester death of 19-year old Christin Gilbert.

He applied for a license to practice medicine in Maryland in September 2010 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 Newman of OR.

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 led 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.