Abortion doctor LeRoy Carhart’s clinic has seen more than 500 patients for “abortion care” since opening its doors in Maryland in October 2017, according to a spokeswoman from his practice.
Spokeswoman Chelsea Souder told HuffPost about 75 percent of abortions the clinic performs have been for patients in the second trimester or later. The clinic employs three physicians, and Carhart “still oversees every single procedure,” HuffPost reported.
Many of the women who come to the Bethesda clinic for abortions are from Mexico, Canada, Europe, South America and Central America, according to Souder. HuffPo calls Carhart “one of the country’s most public and polarizing abortion providers … offering pregnancy termination through roughly 28 weeks’ gestation and sometimes beyond.”
“We are 1 of 3 clinics in America that offer 3rd trimester abortion care. This reality makes it so that we face every barrier that all other abortion clinics face but even more and to a greater degree. Your donation will help keep this very crucial health care service available. Thank you for your support,” according to information for the Bethesda clinic on its site.
Maryland law typically draws the line for abortions at 24 weeks, but that can depend on the risk factor for the mother, according to HuffPost.
Roe v. Wade gave women the permission to abort until the point of viability, which generally refers to the point at which an unborn baby can live outside of the womb.
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A September 2015 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported that the survival rate in its findings for babies born at 23 weeks is 33 percent and 65 percent at 24 weeks with medical intervention.
A woman sued Carhart in September 2016 for negligence and malpractice after he allegedly botched her late-term abortion.
Carhart said he doesn’t have plans to retire.
Carhart’s clinic did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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