CARHART STRIKES AGAIN: African-American Woman Suffers 8th Abortion-Related Medical Emergency in 2 Years

Germantown, MD — An African-American patient of the notorious late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, 72, was transported to the hospital after suffering a medical emergency at Germantown Reproductive Health Services in Germantown, Maryland, on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

This represents the EIGHTH known medical emergency for which Carhart has been responsible since March, 2012. The recently injured women include Jennifer Morbelli, who died on Feb. 7, 2013.

“Medical emergencies at Carhart’s two abortion locations are becoming more frequent. His age and grueling travel schedule compound the risks to women, who are paying for his mistakes with their health and sometimes their lives,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Our complaints in Maryland are falling on deaf ears while woman after woman is transported to emergency rooms where Carhart isn’t even allowed to enter. The public safety emergency created by Carhart’s shoddy practices has reached crisis proportions.”

In addition to the Germantown office, Carhart also conducts abortions at his run-down abortion facility in Bellevue, Nebraska. Operation Rescue has documented the following incidents involving life-threatening complications suffered by Carhart’s abortion patients.

• July 2, 2014, Germantown, MD: African-American abortion patient transported to hospital.
March 4, 2014, Germantown, MD: Patient hemorrhaged after 2nd trimester abortion complications.
November 30, 2013, Bellevue, NE: Patient suffered 2nd trimester abortion complications.
November 26, 2013, Germantown, MD: Patient required emergency surgery. (Video with 911 recording)
July 9, 2013, Germantown, MD: Patient hemorrhaged. (Video with 911 recording)
February 7, 2013, Germantown, MD: Patient Jennifer Morbelli died of 3rd trimester abortion complications. (Autopsy Report)
March 31, 2012, Bellevue, NE: Patient heard moaning and screaming during 911 call (Video with 911 recording.)

Multiple complaints have been filed with the Maryland Board of Physicians. The most recent asked the MDBP to take a fresh look at Carhart in light of the previous seven medical emergencies. Nearly identical complaints were filed simultaneously with medical boards in Nebraska and Indiana, where he also has operated.

Nebraska and Indiana responded with letters confirming that they are investigating or considering investigating Carhart. Maryland responded with a letter as well, closing the complaint without investigation.

Take Action to Protect Women and Their Babies!

Since Carhart’s abortion business affects women all over the nation who go to him for extremely late abortions that are illegal in most states, Operation Rescue is asking the public to contact the Maryland Board of Physicians and demand an honest and thorough investigation into Carhart’s abortion practices that are increasingly endangering the lives of women.

Contact: Maryland Board of Physicians
Voice: (800) 492-6836 or (410) 764-4777

Autopsy Report Reveals Abortion Patient’s Hemorrhage Not Detected in Time

Pro-life Groups demand that Cuyahoga County Prosecutor launch criminal investigation of Cleveland’s Preterm abortion facility.

Cleveland, Ohio – Operation Rescue has obtained the autopsy report of a woman who died from abortion complications that shows evidence of standard of care problems at the Preterm Abortion Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

Lakisha Wilson, 22, received a late-term abortion at Preterm on March 21, 2014. Sometime after the abortion, Wilson stopped breathing, according to 911 records, and was transported to Case University Medical Center, where she was placed on life support and pronounced dead on March 28.

The autopsy report show evidence that Wilson was not properly monitored after her abortion, a lapse that may have prevented her from receiving emergency care in time to save her life.

According to the report, Wilson suffered from “uterine atony,” which is a condition where the uterus does not properly contract after the abortion and thus leads to hemorrhage. Wilson suffered blood loss and went into shock, which was not immediately detected, or she would have been treated and stabilized.

Wilson did receive medications at Preterm that cause uterine contractions in an apparent effort to control the hemorrhage, but it appeared to be too little, too late.

Depressed respiration caused by sedation administered by abortion clinic personnel may have contributed to the lack of oxygen Wilson’s body received, compounding the medical crisis she experienced due to blood loss. As a result, Wilson suffered cardiopulmonary arrest and subsequent fatal brain damage while at the Preterm Abortion Clinic before paramedics were called.

“If Lakisha had been monitored properly, early signs of distress would have been rapidly detected and treated before she had deteriorated to the point of cardiopulmonary arrest,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Because there is now reason to believe that negligence was involved, we call upon Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty to launch a criminal investigation into the death of Lakisha Wilson and act quickly bring those responsible to justice.”

The autopsy report indicated that Wilson’s pre-born baby was 19.4 weeks gestation at the time of Wilson’s abortion – just three days before the legal abortion limit in Ohio – although no fetal remains were present during the autopsy. The Medical Examiner appears to have relied on abortion records for that information.

Wilson’s heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys were donated prior to the autopsy.

A coalition of pro-life groups have worked together to call attention to the Wilson tragedy and the fact that urban women of color are all too often targeted for abortion. The groups also demand the closure of the Preterm abortion facility as well as additional abortion reforms to protect women.

Groups involved include Cleveland Right to Life, Right to Life of Northeast Ohio, National Black Pro-Life Union, Life Issues Institute, Inc., Created Equal, African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, Issues4Life Foundation, Operation Rescue, and several local pastors and activists.

Read Lakisha Wilson’s autopsy report

We are urging the public to contact Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty and urge his office to investigate Lakisha Wilson’s death.

Phone: 216.443.7800
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  • ODH Inspectors At Preterm While Pro-Life Leaders Held Press Conference Concerning Abortion Death (Includes Video)
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  • Cleveland Abortion Death: What the Medical Examiner’s Statement Means – And What It Doesn’t

    By Cheryl Sullenger

    Cleveland, Ohio — When the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner released a statement late Friday announcing that the death of Lakisha Wilson was related to complications to an abortion, the Preterm abortion clinic in Cleveland where Wilson suffered her fatal abortion immediately began to spin the story their way.

    On May 30th, the Plains Dealer reported Preterm’s reaction to the Medical Examiner’s statement.

    “Meanwhile, Preterm Abortion Clinic, the facility where 22-year-old Lakisha Wilson ended her pregnancy, said the cause of death announcement indicated no medical error,” the newspaper noted.

    However, that statement was misleading, at best. In truth, the Medical Examiner’s statement purposefully chose not to address the issue of “medical error.”

    “The designation of manner of death as ‘Therapeutic Complication’ reflects the association of this death with a medical procedure and is not intended to address issues regarding quality of care or standards of practice,” the Medical Examiner’s Office stated. (Emphasis added.)

    “The State Medical Board of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Health are the ones that should determine whether medical standards were breached in Ms. Wilson’s death, and we know that their investigations are ongoing at this time,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “However, we look forward to the release of the full autopsy report for answers to some serious questions we have about actions taken by abortion clinic personnel that led to a 22-year old woman being sent to an all-too-early grave. We hope it will also tell us what happened to Ms. Wilson’s baby.”

    Wilson reported to Preterm in Cleveland, Ohio, on Friday, March 21, for an abortion. At 10:59 a.m., an employee of Preterm dialed 911 and reported to a dispatcher there was a 22-year-old female patient at the clinic who was not breathing at all. Wilson was transported to the University Hospital Case Medical Center where she was treated and “pronounced” on March 28.

    The technical medical terms used in the Medical Examiner’s statement concerning Wilson’s cause of death led to some questioning what the statement really meant. To understand it fully, medical terms need to be defined.

    Here is the Medical Examiner’s text related to Wilson’s cause of death:

    Cerebral edema and necrosis, due to Cerebellar and medullary necrosis, due to Diffuse anoxic encephalopathy and cerebral edema, due to Cardiopulmonary arrest with cardiopulmonary resuscitation, due to Hypotension, bradycardia, and cardiopulmonary arrest immediately following elective abortion of intrauterine pregnancy.

    Below are some definitions of terms, according to the National Institute of Health’s MedLine Plus web site:

    Cerebral edema: the accumulation of fluid in and resultant swelling of the brain that may be caused by trauma, a tumor, lack of oxygen at high altitudes, or exposure to toxic substances. [Note that 911 records obtained by Operation Rescue noted that Wilson was “not breathing at all” for nearly a half an hour.]

    Necrosis: death of living tissue

    Anoxia: hypoxia especially of such severity as to result in permanent damage. (Hypoxia is a deficiency of oxygen reaching the tissues of the body.)

    Encephalopathy: a disease of the brain; especially: one involving alterations of brain structure.

    In layman’s language, Wilson suffered brain damage after having been deprived of oxygen when she suffered a heart attack and stopped breathing (cardiopulmonary arrest) immediately after her abortion.

    The heart attack was brought on by Hypotension (abnormally low blood pressure) and Bradycardia (relatively slow heart action), symptoms that began during the abortion.

    The M.E. attempted to explain:

    The cause of death reflects the subsequent effects of the cardiopulmonary arrest the decedent suffered during a pregnancy termination procedure.

    When Wilson suffered a heart attack and stopped breathing sometime during her abortion, a chain of biological events occurred, resulting in fatal brain damage. The Medical Examiner’s cause of death statement describes each of those biological occurrences that contributed to Wilson’s death.

    While there is clearly a relationship between the abortion and the brain damage that killed her, we still do not know exactly which actions taken during the abortion process caused Wilson to die. That was not addressed in the Medical Examiners’ brief statement, but should be addressed in the full autopsy.

    “While we are not doctors, we have researched what would cause hypotension and bradycardia in women undergoing surgery. While a number of things could have happened, sedation complications are among the most plausible of explanations,” said Newman.

    Death from sedation complications during abortions has plenty of precedent. Bhutanese immigrant Karnamaya Mongar died in 2009 from an overdose of Demerol given her by unqualified workers at Kermit Gosnell’s West Philadelphia “House of Horrors” abortion mill. Laura Hope Smith died in 2007 after being over-sedated by Massachusetts abortionist Rapin Osathanondh at an office that lacked basic emergency equipment and drugs that could have saved her life. Osathanondh also was convicted and served jail time for Involuntary Manslaughter in Smith’s death.

    As for Wilson’s baby, questions also linger. What was the baby’s gestational age and what kind of abortion procedure was used? Who has custody of the baby’s remains? Or were they treated as “medical waste” and destroyed?

    “We will have to wait for the full autopsy before we will know more details, but in the meantime we do know that if she had not walked into the Preterm abortion clinic, she and her baby would still be alive today,” said Newman. “That means these two precious souls died needlessly and someone needs to be held accountable for that and the abortion mill should be closed for good. Otherwise, it’s likely that the same tragedy will be repeated again and again.”


  • Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Statement, May 30, 2014
  • ABORTION DEATH: 911 Records Show Cleveland Abortion Patient “Not Breathing At All”
  • ODH Inspectors At Preterm While Pro-Life Leaders Held Press Conference Concerning Abortion Death (Includes Video)
  • Buffett Foundation Tied to Cleveland Abortion Clinic Where Woman Died
  • Pattern of Botched Abortions Surfaces At Cleveland Abortion Clinic Where Patient Died