Infanticide Makes A Comeback

3 12 2009

I am saddened, disgusted, and furious. God save these poor babies!

Gio-

BELLEVUE, Neb. — The national battle over abortion, for decades firmly planted outside the Kansas clinic of Dr. George R. Tiller, has erupted here in suburban Omaha, where a longtime colleague has taken up the cause of late-term abortions.

Since Dr. Tiller was shot to death in May, his colleague, Dr. LeRoy H. Carhart, has hired two people who worked at Dr. Tiller’s clinic and has trained his own staff members in the technical intricacies of performing late-term abortions.

Dr. Carhart has also begun performing some abortions “past 24 weeks,” he said in an interview, and is prepared to perform them still later if they meet legal requirements and if he considers them medically necessary.

“There is a need, and I feel deeply about it,” said Dr. Carhart, visibly weary after a day when eight patients had appointments at his clinic here.

The late-term abortions, coming after the earliest point when a fetus might survive outside the womb, are the most controversial, even among some who favor abortion rights. A few of Dr. Carhart’s employees quit when he told them of his plans to expand the clinic’s work.

Opponents of abortion, who had devoted decades to trying to stop Dr. Tiller’s business with protests and calls for investigations, are now turning their efforts to stopping Dr. Carhart. Troy Newman, the president of Operation Rescue, an anti-abortion group, said he had traveled from the group’s headquarters in Wichita, Kan., to Nebraska six times in recent months, portraying this suburb of fewer than 50,000 as a new battlefield in the abortion fight.

“We’re trying to get criminal charges against him, to get his license revoked, and to get legislators there to look at the law,” Mr. Newman said of Dr. Carhart.

State law in Nebraska bans abortions in cases when a fetus clearly appears to have reached viability, except to “preserve the life or health of the mother.”

Abortion-rights advocates say the need exists for late-term abortions, in cases of extraordinary genetic defects and other dire health circumstances, and some had worried that only a few physicians would be willing to provide such care after Dr. Tiller’s killing, an act prosecutors say was carried out by an abortion foe.

“He’s standing up, and so are some others,” Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation, said of Dr. Carhart.

A few other doctors have long performed late-term abortions, and some said both the threats against them and their efforts at security had increased since Dr. Tiller’s death.

Dr. Carhart, 68, knew Dr. Tiller for years, and would make regular trips to his clinic in Wichita to perform abortions there, as other physicians did. Though Dr. Tiller’s clinic was not the only one in the country performing late-term abortions, it was a focal point for controversy. Operation Rescue even moved its headquarters to Wichita because of Dr. Tiller’s practice.

Dr. Carhart, who has been performing abortions since the 1970s, is no stranger to the debate; he has been a litigant in two abortion-related cases decided by the United States Supreme Courtover a particular method of abortion referred to by critics as “partial-birth abortion.” And immediately after Dr. Tiller’s killing, Dr. Carhart offered to continue operating his clinic, but the Tiller family decided to close it.

Still, in the months since the killing, Dr. Carhart has made changes at his clinic and to his lifestyle as he has openly moved to take up Dr. Tiller’s cause.

Visitors to the clinic here must pass through a metal detector, new security cameras scan outside the building and a security consultant is employed full time. Dr. Carhart says he goes out publicly only on short, unscheduled trips and rarely eats out (and when he does, he says he stays less than 30 minutes). Dr. Carhart, an Air Force veteran, said his daughter was wed this fall on a nearby military base, mainly for security and privacy.

“We do everything differently now,” he said.

Dr. Carhart declined to provide specifics on how late in a pregnancy he would be willing to perform an abortion. Dr. Tiller performed them, in some cases, as late as in the third trimester of pregnancy. Dr. Carhart’s fee schedule lists prices for abortions up to 22 weeks and 6 days (at that point, $2,100 in cash or $2,163 on a credit card), but notes that abortions after 23 weeks are available “after consultation with our doctor,” and that abortions after the 27th week may take four days.

At his clinic in the past, Dr. Carhart said, he had performed abortions up to about 22 weeks into gestation — considered by some to be near the earliest point at which a fetus can survive outside the womb, a notion known as viability and one that is cited in many laws related to abortion.

Dr. Carhart’s opponents insist that late-term procedures violate state and federal statutes as well as professional rules. They have approached officials in Nebraska seeking an investigation. Mr. Newman, who had regularly called for investigations into Dr. Tiller’s work but strongly denounced his killing, has submitted a complaintabout Dr. Carhart to Jon Bruning, Nebraska’s attorney general. In it, Mr. Newman accuses Dr. Carhart of using improper operating procedures under shoddy conditions.

Representatives of Mr. Bruning would not comment on whether an investigation was taking place. Marla Augustine, a spokeswoman for the State Department of Health and Human Services, which regulates physicians, said Dr. Carhart had no formal disciplinary actions on his record.

(In 1993, she said, he signed an assurance of compliance with the state, promising not to do certain things, like talk on the phone during surgical procedures, but the agreement says it did not mean he had admitted committing any violations and was not considered a disciplinary action.)

Dr. Carhart, meanwhile, said he had heard nothing lately from state officials. “Anybody can file a claim,” he said.

A brochure for his clinic shows a photograph of Dr. Carhart beside Dr. Tiller, and says that the clinic dedicates “our services to women in honor of” Dr. Tiller. Asked whether he feared a similar fate as Dr. Tiller’s, Dr. Carhart said he had signed up for this life.

“They have never targeted me more,” he said of abortion opponents. “But to me, the most dangerous response would be for me to stop what I am doing. The thought that killing Tiller might also succeed in closing another clinic — that’s my main reason for keeping open.”

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16 responses

3 12 2009
Doc's Wife

I know a little about late term abortions. In the mid-seventies my husband did his residency in Georgia. In family practice, they work in rotations for 3yrs–Internal Medicine, Peds, OB/Gyn,etc. One day on OB rotation, the dept. head called in a small group, and they had to watch one of these abortions. The baby came out crying for a short time. She said they didn’t have to participate in these or watch them again, My husband said that they worked their butts off trying to save premature babies in Intensive Care that weighed less than this one. This procedure absolutely tore him up, and he hugged our firstborn especially long that night. This memory still stays w/ him.

4 12 2009
DCG

Good grief, that is disgusting, cruel and inhumane. I can’t believe that actually teach that in med school.

Carhart declined to provide specifics on how late in a pregnancy he would be willing to perform an abortion. COWARD. If you’re so darn proud of it and believe that a woman may need this, fess up to your deadly sin.

4 12 2009
Doc's Wife

The female head of the OB/Gyn Dept. was a seventies women’s libber who probably had no Christian values.

3 12 2009
Will.

Seeing that picture makes me ill beyond belief. I don’t know how people can do this for a living and go home with a clear conscience.

3 12 2009
angryww

Will,
You are assuming they HAVE a conscience. Wrong. And they don’t do it for a living, they do it for a killing.

4 12 2009
Will.

I agree to a point angryww but if the money wasn’t good they sure as hell would not be doing it. It is a living and a profitable one at that.
but you are correct as tagging them as without a conscience…or a soul for that matter.

4 12 2009
Will.

sorry I got what you was saying angryww I just had to wipe the anger from my eyes.

3 12 2009
giovanniworld

Hi Will,

I know the pics are revolting, but I include them for a darn good reason. People need to see the reality of what happens.

Besides, murder is never a pretty sight.

Gio-

4 12 2009
Will.

Trust me Gio I know. It’s sad how everyone (especially Hollywood) can react to the cruelty to animals but this…this is considered a right and dare I say it almost fashionable to kill children.

4 12 2009
Cec Moon

Gio,

Come on man; you know the sight of certain home-boy hood floating face-down in the Chicago River would bring tears of joy . I’ll leave the final ID to you.

3 12 2009
Eowyn

“There is a need, and I feel deeply about it,” said Dr. Carhart, visibly weary after a day when eight patients had appointments at his clinic here.

Spare me the pathos. The reporter who wrote this article should be run out of town for making Carhart into some kind of hero. Yeah, he feels so “deeply” about it that he does late-term abortion, aka partial birth abortion, aka MURDER.

It’s all about the woman’s “need.” What about the other human being, the baby’s “need” and right to life? Sickening….

3 12 2009
giovanniworld

Eowyn,

It’s a NYT’s article. Nuff said!

Gio-

4 12 2009
Pinandpuller

I have a feeling that these doctors are a lot like soldiers, porn stars and strippers.

What I mean is, they have a public persona they project and privately in their holy of holies they are tortured by their experiences and often try to drown them in drug abuse, suicide and what have you.

Paul had a great conversion and repentance and all we can hope is these others have a similar experience.

4 12 2009
Pinandpuller

I looked over the article again and got to thinking that Dr Carhart lives a lot like Saddam Hussein used to-never going out and sleeping in a different bed every night. But hey-he’s rich!

I’d rather be a poor man with a clear conscience who gets to walk around in any city fearing no man but the random nut cases Huckabee let out of jail.

4 12 2009
littlemissmuffin

I could only read part of this article and I had to quit reading.

4 12 2009
Ed

I’m a big “tough guy”, but this absolutely breaks my heart. How can this be done to these little innocent ones?

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