Wesley Medical Center Promises To Keep Carhart, Abortions Out

Hospital hears the voices of the people and responds to the online petition asking that they not associate with late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart

Wichita, KS — Wesley Medical Center issued a statement today assuring the public that late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart will not be granted a transfer agreement should he apply for one.

Just hours after Operation Rescue launched a petition on Monday, August 10, 2009, to ask that Wesley Medical Center deny late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart hospital or transfer privileges, Operation Rescue President Troy Newman was contacted by a member of the hospital’s administrative staff indicating that they would be willing to issue a statement in agreement with that request.

The statement was sent to Operation Rescue by Paul Pettite, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for Wesley Medical Center on Friday, August 14, 2009, making good on promises that were made to put their position in writing.

“We are very pleased that Wesley Medical Center has taken the position of protecting life, and thank them for working with us toward establishing a community that respects and welcomes life,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

“We also are grateful to the hundreds upon hundreds of people who took the time to sign the petition to Wesley Medical Center. Today, your voices were heard.”

Wesley stated, “Physicians do not conduct elective abortions at Wesley Medical Center.” It further stated that “Wesley treats over 70,000 people yearly in our ED. Our Women’s hospital assists in delivering over 6,000 babies every year. We are proud of our role in supporting life.”

The statement referred to Tiller, who was photographed at Wesley many times accompanying women injured by abortions at his now-closed late-term abortion clinic.

“Wesley does not currently have, nor will we have transfer agreements with abortion clinics. Wesley never had a transfer agreement with Dr. George Tiller,” the statement read.

Newman responded to that comment. “Tiller did not need to have a transfer agreement since he was a long-standing member of the Wesley medical staff, and boasted of his affiliation on his web site. This statement marks a change in policy from what we have seen from Wesley in the past, and we are very grateful to them for that.”

“We know that Carhart is trying to establish a late-term abortion clinic in Wichita, and that he would need the good graces of a local hospital to do so,” said Newman. “The petition was successful at helping Wesley hear the heart of the people on this matter. It is our prayer that Carhart will see the lack of community support for his abortion plans, and will terminate his efforts to re-establish a late-term abortion clinic in Kansas or anywhere else.”

Read the full statement from Wesley Medical Center.

  • Sarah

    I haven’t been able to get on your website in a while….was it down?

  • Susan Verharst

    I believe John Westley would be grateful that it was stopped!

  • L.G.

    I am so grateful to hospitals like yours that espouse and support life, not death and murder; thank you for being conservative and supporting God’s laws unlike liberal who support the wholesale murder of the most innocent among us.

  • Alayna staggers (nurse)

    I am grateful for the determined efforts of Operation Rescue and praise God for blocking Carhart from access to one one of Tiller’s avenues of protection in killing babies. I am also thankful that Wesley Medical Center has taken a stand in preserving life and does not want any connection with abortion. “In my opinion,” the George Tillers of this world are bad publicity for a hospital to be affiliated with.

    Again, “in my opinion,” Leroy Carhart has some mental health issues to be so consumed with wanting to carry on Tillers death legend. In their “Delusions of Grandeur,” both of them felt they were doing women a favor and the worst part about it, is Tiller convinced the “elite” group of our society that he was right. How much longer will they be deceived?

    I am also thankful for the free speech allowed on this site to continue so we can voice our opinions in regards to protecting the unborn.

    God bless you and keep up the good work!

  • Tara

    Wonderful news!!! I’m so thankful that Wesley will not support Carhart! Hopefully Carhart’s abortion mill in Nebraska will soon be shut down too……in my eyes Carhart is even more disgusting than Tiller and that’s very bad. God bless everyone.

  • Mary LaFrancis RN retired

    i applaud Wesley Medical Center’s most wise and Godly decision not to associate with Leroy Carhart.
    I pray that you will never be involved with any abortion related figures or practices!

    Life is God’s creation in all it’s aspects, the sacredness of our sexuality, of family, of life from our biological beginnings until natural death! All issues pertaining to this are foundational, fundamental to any and all other issues.

    John Wesley, whose your name you bear, must inspire you, us all, to be models and leaders of integrity and commitment as healers, to “do no harm” and support the dignity and sacredness of life at all ages, stages, and conditions!


    Mary LaFrancis RN retired
    Fairfield, Iowa