Inspectors Have No Idea if Nebraska Abortion Clinic is Selling Aborted Baby Parts

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 2, 2015   |   4:35PM   |   Lincoln, NE

State inspectors discovered three health violations at a Nebraska abortion facility run by notorious late-term abortion doctor LeRoy Carhart, according to a local news report. But what they don’t know is whether the body parts of babies aborted there are being sold for research.

The Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services found Carhart’s Bellevue, Nebr., abortion facility failed to maintain several pieces of medical equipment, including sterilization autoclave units, a cardiac monitor, and ultrasound machines, according to a report in the Omaha World-Herald.

The two other violations included expired medical equipment and failure to properly label “fetal tissue specimens,” or aborted babies, in the freezer, according to the report.

“Given that LeRoy Carhart was implicated in the deaths of two women who were his abortion patients in Wichita, Kansas and Germantown, Maryland, we would hope that the Legislature takes seriously the report of his deficiencies in maintaining medical equipment.” said Julie Schmit-Albin, executive director of Nebraska Right to Life.

The inspection also did not show whether Carhart is providing fetal tissue to researchers, Schmit-Albin said. And, according to the local news report, Carhart used to provide aborted babies’ body parts to researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

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Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts did ask the state health department to investigate Planned Parenthood clinics in the state after undercover videos revealed that the abortion business may be selling aborted babies body parts. In those cases, the state found two violations at the Omaha and Lincoln Planned Parenthood abortion clinics: late filing of statistical abortion reports with the state, according to the local news report.

The state conducted the investigation at Carhart’s clinic after receiving several complaints, according to the local news report.

Schmit-Albin said the state is not holding abortion facilities to the same basic standards as other ambulatory surgical centers.

Nebraska Right to Life is calling on the legislature to pass a bill (LB 114) that would make Nebraska abortion facilities meet minimum medical standards required of the state’s ambulatory surgical centers, Schmit-Albin said.

“The passage of LB 114, currently languishing in Judiciary Committee, would strengthen the requirements for abortion facilities,” Schmit-Albin said.

In 2013, Carhart faced an investigation after Jennifer Morbelli, a 29-year old woman, suffered fatal complications from a very late 33-week abortion at his Maryland clinic.

In 2005, Christin A. Gilbert, 19, died after a third-trimester abortion at Carhart’s Kansas clinic. After the botched abortion, Gilbert was rushed into the Wesley Medical Center ER where Gilbert suffered complications during her abortion that were not fully diagnosed, an autopsy concluded.

In 2013, undercover investigators with Live Action also caught Carhart on video describing late-term unborn babies as “meat in a crockpot.”