Pro-life Groups Ask for Comprehensive Investigation of Late-term Abortionist Carhart

Lincoln, NE – A coalition of four pro-life groups have sent a letter to Nebraska Attorney General Jon Buning asking him to open a “comprehensive” investigation into late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart and his Bellevue abortion clinic.

Signing the letter were Troy Newman of Operation Rescue headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, Rev. Pat Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition in Washington, DC, Larry Donlan of Rescue the Heartland in Omaha, Nebraska, and Ann Bowen of Nebraskans United for Life, also of Omaha.

The group expressed concerns about the legality of certain aspects of Carhart’s abortion business as well concerns about the condition of Carhart’s run-down abortion clinic that was damaged by an accidental fire earlier this year.

Carhart has indicated that he wants to begin doing risky third trimester abortions at his Bellevue clinic.

“There is concern that this decision will create an unacceptable safety risk to women,” the group stated in their letter dated July 6, 2009.

“The safety of the public is our paramount concern, thus we are requesting the most comprehensive investigation of Carhart and his Nebraska abortion business as possible from the Attorney General’s office, and that your investigation not be limited solely to the concerns listed in this letter. Women’s lives and future health literally depend on it.”

Along with the letter, the groups filed a packet of documents, including information about incidents of botched abortions involving Carhart that required emergency transport to the hospitalalong with photos of the ambulances involved in those incidents. Also included were photos of dilapidated conditions at his abortion clinic, a complaint filed in Kansas about Carhart’s part in the third-trimester abortion death of Christin Gilbert, and several news stories that raise questions about the safety and legality of Carhart’s abortion operation.

Read the letter