Nebraska City Could Stop One of America’s Most Notorious Late-Term Abortionists With Abortion Ban

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Aug 19, 2022   |   3:34PM   |   Bellevue, Nebraska

Residents of a Nebraska city where a notorious late-term abortionist still practices are trying to ban the killing of unborn babies in abortions within city limits.

The Omaha World-Herald reports pro-life residents of Bellevue, Nebraska want to pass a Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinance to ban abortions, just as more than 50 others across the country have done.

If they succeed, the only abortion facility in Bellevue, CARE Clinic, run by 80-year-old abortionist Leroy Carhart, would be forced to close. Carhart is well-known as a late-term abortionist who runs abortion facilities in Nebraska and Maryland.

Operation Rescue, a pro-life watchdog group, recorded evidence of at least 18 serious medical emergencies at his abortion facilities since 2012, including one woman who died along with her baby after a late-term abortion in 2013.

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If the pro-life ordinance passes, Carhart told the World-Herald that he will “follow the law as written” and close his Bellevue abortion facility. He said he may move the facility to Omaha.

Pro-life residents began collecting signatures earlier this month on a petition to require the Bellevue City Council to vote on the Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinance, according to the report. If the city council does not pass it, the measure would be placed on the ballot for voters’ approval, Bree Robbins, an attorney for the city, told the newspaper.

Three other Nebraska cities already have passed abortion bans, including the village of Stapleton last week.

Mark Lee Dickson, director with Right to Life of East Texas and founder of the Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn initiative, said 51 cities in Nebraska, Texas and Ohio have approved ordinances that ban abortions, and many more are working to do so this fall.

They include the cities of Arnold, Hershey, Curtis, Kearney, Maxwell, Gothenburg, Sutherland, Moorefield, Brady, Cozad, Wallace and Paxton, Nebraska; and San Angelo, Abilene, Plainview and Athens, Texas. More about these initiatives may be found on the Sanctuary City for the Unborn website.

Although slightly different in each city, the pro-life ordinance recognizes that unborn babies are valuable human beings who deserve to be protected under the law. It prohibits abortions within city limits, with exceptions for risks to the mother’s life, and prevents abortion businesses from opening there. It also penalizes abortion practitioners for aborting unborn babies, but it does not penalize women who seek or have abortions.

Dickson told the newspaper that he hopes the grassroots efforts in Nebraska cities will inspire state lawmakers to pass state-wide protections for unborn babies.

“If we can’t do it in the legislature … the people have got to stand up,” Dickson said.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, states have been acting to protect unborn babies again. However, abortions are still legal in Nebraska.

Earlier this month, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said he wants his state to ban abortions and “affirm the rights of preborn babies and to support pregnant women, children, and families in need.” However, he said the state legislature currently does not have enough votes to pass legislation to limit or ban abortions.