Abortionist LeRoy Carhart Sued for a Botched Clinton-Supported Late-Term Abortion

Donald J. Trump opposes abortions like the one that ripped this woman’s womb from stem to stern.


By Cheryl Sullenger

Germantown, MD — Topic of late-term abortions is in the headlines due to rabid support from Democrat Hillary Clinton, who denies babies are “ripped from the womb” during late-term abortions, as her opponent, Donald Trump, has said. Now, Operation Rescue has obtained court documents that confirm once again that the most-used form of late-term abortion does in fact dismember a baby, and can cause devastating harm to women as well.

Wendy Devine, 34, is alleging in a negligence/malpractice suit filed on September 27, 2016, in Montgomery County, Maryland, that LeRoy Carhart so severely botched her late-term abortion earlier this year that she nearly died. She endured such extreme injuries that she continues to suffer permanent disability and will likely never bear another child.

Carhart is perhaps the best known abortionist in the country that will openly conduct abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy, and does so at Germantown Reproductive Health Services in Germantown, Maryland.

Once his home state of Nebraska passed a ban on abortions after 20 weeks in 2010, Carhart was forced to relocate his lucrative third-trimester abortion practice elsewhere. He chose Maryland for two reasons. First, Maryland has no gestational limit on abortion that would limit his business. Secondly, there were few laws to protect women from shoddy abortion practices. It was the perfect environment for someone like Carhart, who was as prone to an above average number of botched abortions, as Operation Rescue witnessed first-hand when he worked at a late-term abortion facility in Wichita, Kansas, until it closed in 2009.

But Wendy Devine had no idea about Carhart’s penchant for injuring – and even killing – his abortion patients. (Two women have died due third trimester abortions done by Carhart: Christin Gilbert in 2005 and Jennifer Morbelli in 2013.)

Devine reported to the Germantown Reproductive Health Services on January 18, 2016, trusting that Carhart and his clinic staff were the experts in the field of abortion they said they were, and competent to conduct her late-term abortion.

That misplaced trust nearly proved fatal.

During her first appointment, Devine was given two injections into her uterine cavity through the abdominal wall, then had cervical dilators inserted. The injections were meant to end the life of her baby prior to a planned Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) dismemberment abortion scheduled for the next day. D&E abortions are commonly used in the majority of late-term abortions — especially if the abortionist is in a hurry. The rarer Induction Method, which births an intact — but still very dead — baby, requires three to four days to complete. The D&E method can be done much quicker.

Afterwards, Devine was sent back to a nearby hotel, where she had made arrangements to stay during the two-day abortion process.

The next day, Devine dutifully reported back to Germantown Reproductive Health Services for the completion of her D&E abortion. Once the procedure was done, Devine immediately knew something was wrong.

According to the malpractice complaint she filed in Montgomery County, a lethargic Devine complained of severe abdominal pain. Because she was bleeding so heavily, she also suffered from very low blood pressure, which caused her heart to race as it struggled to pump an insufficient amount of blood through her system.

Throughout the day, her condition deteriorated to the point that at 7:41 p.m. – long after closing hours – a 911 call was finally placed by a GRHS employee.

But to listen to the 911 call for help, one would think the emergency transport was a simple precautionary act.

On the heavily redacted 911 recording, obtained by Operation Rescue, a cheery clinic worker is heard asking for transport for a patient for observation, downplaying the seriousness of the injuries, which become apparent later in the call.

Carhart and his wife, Mary Lou, could be seen on security camera footage leaving the abortion facility immediately after the ambulance, but in the opposite direction.

Devine’s court records filled in the details that the redacted recording left out.

When Devine finally arrived at the hospital at 8:35 p.m., she was bleeding heavily, was extremely weak, and still suffering severe abdominal pain. Lab tests revealed that her hematocrit and hemoglobin numbers were at “panic levels.”

Normal hematocrit levels for females is 36 to 48%, but Devine’s measured only 16%. Normal hemoglobin levels for females is 12-16, while hers came in at 5.4.

Hospital E.R. doctors called in a gynecologist who examined her and prepped her for surgery.

At 10:20 p.m., Devine was rolled into the emergency room for an exploratory laparoscopy, but what was discovered was so serious that the procedure was converted to an open laparotomy and an additional specialist was called in.

Here is what surgeons found:

• The presence of a large amount of blood in the abdominal cavity between the inner abdominal wall and the organs, which was evacuated.
• The presence of a huge hematoma, or blood clot, containing over one liter of blood, which was removed by the specialist. (This does not take into account the amount of blood lost vaginally or the blood removed from the abdominal cavity before the hematoma could be reached. The average human is supposed to have 4.7 to 5.5 liters.)
• Once the blood and hematoma were out of the way, surgeons discovered that the entire right side of her uterus had been torn open from top to bottom.
Tear in the right uterine artery that required surgical closure. This likely accounted for the internal hemorrhaging.
• The right ovary was severely damaged and left hanging by a thin piece of tissue. It was completely removed.
Significant tear in the tissue that holds the lower colon in place.

Once all her injuries were repaired in what had become an “extensive” surgery, according to Devine’s complaint, she was transferred to the recovery room and the tube that held open her airways was removed.

But Wendy Devine was not out of the woods yet. Not by a long shot.

In recovery, Devine suffered a spasm of her swollen larynx and required re-intubation. She was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit where she developed aspiration pneumonia. She developed sepsis, a dangerous, life-threatening condition that occurs when the body’s response to infection causes damage to other organs.

Devine spent a full seven days in the ICU and was hospitalized 11 days in all.

Devine’s attorney described her recovery as “tortuous and difficult.” She suffered “massive internal scarring, suffers with recurrent and severe pain…and faces the significant risk of being unable to conceive and/or carry a pregnancy to term.”

As a result to the horrifically botched abortion, Devine suffers “severe and permanently disability,” along with emotional anguish and fear.

deThe complaint alleges gross violations of patient care standards by Carhart and Germantown Reproductive Health Services. To back up that claim, an expert opinion (see pg. 12) was submitted with the complaint from a physician who reviewed Devine’s medical records and determined that her serious injuries were due to Carhart’s violation of standards of care.

Devine has filed a similar complaint in Baltimore County as well. Both cases are active and progressing.

Carhart also has other legal troubles to worry him. In May, the House Select Panel on Infant lives issued subpoenas to Carhart and GRHS for information related to his suspected involvement in the illegal trafficking of aborted baby remains, and incidents of babies that may have been born alive during late-term abortions conducted by him. The Select Panel continues to investigate him.

“So when Hillary Clinton voices support for late-term abortions, remember what happened to Wendy Devine and her dismembered baby. Remember what happened to dead Carhart abortion patients Jennifer Morbelli and Christin Gilbert, and the thousands upon thousands of other women who have suffered from risky late-term abortion procedures, and ask yourself whether, as a nation, we can tolerate such barbarity,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Please join me in voting for Donald Trump, who strongly opposes abortions like the one that maimed Carhart’s late-term abortion patient earlier this year.”

Below are a listing of medical emergencies that have occurred at Carhart abortion businesses in Germantown, Maryland, and Bellevue, Nebraska, since 2012.

April 4, 2016, Germantown, MD: Hemorrhaging late-term abortion patient transported to emergency room. All other patients sent home. (Video, 911 recording, Scanner audio)
March 30, 2016, Germantown, MD: Private ambulance called for late-term abortion patient. (Video, 911 recording, Scanner audio)
March 20, 2016, Germantown, MD: Underaged woman transported to Shady Grove Hospital suffering “heart problems.” (Video, 911 recording, Scanner audio)
February 4, 2016, Bellevue, NE: Woman transported to hospital suffering from an incomplete abortion. (Video)
January 19, 2016, Germantown, MD: Late-term abortion patient bleeding seriously transported to hospital. (Video and 911 recording)
December 15, 2015, Germantown, MD: Abortion patient transported to emergency room while Carhart accompanies.
July 2, 2014, Germantown, MD: African-American abortion patient transported to hospital.
April 26, 2014, Bellevue, NE: Patient, 37, suffered from abdominal pain after Carhart had an “issue with the procedure.” (Video with 911 recording)
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.)

Five Places Where You Can Get a 9th Month Abortion NOW!

(And Number 5 will freak you out!)


By Cheryl Sullenger

Since this week’s Presidential Debate, which sparked a national conversation on the matter of late-term abortions, we have been inundated with requests for information about late-term abortion facilities and practices.

Below are FIVE places where women can get abortions through the NINTH MONTH of pregnancy, RIGHT NOW!

1. Southwestern Women’s Options, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Abortionists: Shelley Sella, Susan Robinson, Carmen Landau, Curtis Boyd, Emily Rothman
New Mexico is the “Wild West” for late-term abortionists because there are essentially no laws restricting the practice or regulating it. This facility is the largest late-term abortion facility in the U.S. It uses the Induction Abortion technique for most late-term abortions, which is a modified “partial birth abortion” procedure. Documentation exists that provide details of a severely botched 35-week abortion there in 2011, which ruptured the uterus of the patient.
View additional documentation

2. Boulder Abortion Clinic, Boulder, Colorado
Owned and operated by Warren Hern

Like New Mexico, Colorado law allows for abortions through all nine months of pregnancy. Hern has written text books on abortion and even invented new abortion instruments over his long career. According to a Federal Court lawsuit filed in Colorado, one patient suffered a horrific THIRD TRIMESTER dismemberment abortion complication in 2013, wherein a four-centimeter slightly curved section of bone from her aborted baby’s skull was left inside her and became imbedded in her uterus. She may never bear another child.
View additional documentation

3. Women’s Med Center, Dayton, Ohio
Owned and operated by Martin Haskell

Haskell has been credited with inventing the partial birth abortion procedure, although that claim is in dispute. Haskell’s abortion facility has had a number of documented botched abortions. Most recently, information surfaced that his facility conducted a forced late-term abortion on a woman who was incapable of consenting. He has had issues maintaining his abortion facility license since he cannot qualify for a hospital transfer agreement as required by law. He currently operates under a variance that allows him an exemption from the transfer agreement requirement.
View additional documentation

4. Pro-Choice Medical Center, Beverly Hills, California
Owned and operated by Josepha Seletz

Seletz uses the Induction Abortion method for very late-term abortions, which she will gladly do in the event of a “fetal anomaly.” She boasts of being “the most experienced abortion provider in the Western United States.”
View additional documentation

5. Germantown Reproductive Health Services, Germantown, Maryland
Abortionist: LeRoy Carhart
While late-term abortions are inherently more risky than the first trimester variety, LeRoy Carhart is among the worst late-term abortionists in the nation. He is responsible for the deaths of two late-term abortion patients: Jennifer Morbelli, 29, who died of complications to a 33-week abortion on February 7, 2013, and Christin Gilbert, 19, who died from a third trimester Carhart abortion in Kansas in 2005. Numerous life-threatening botched abortions have characterized the past few years of his career. Carhart has been subpoenaed by the House Select Panel on Infant Lives, which suspects Carhart has illegally trafficked in aborted baby body parts and had babies born alive at his abortion facility.
View additional documentation

More information Operation Rescue about late-term abortion facilities and abortion practices at the following links:

Number of Late-term Abortion Facilities in the USA May Surprise You
Induction Abortion Method – How It’s Done.

Overdosed Woman Aborted Without Consent at Haskell’s Late-term Abortion Facility

By Cheryl Sullenger

Dayton, OH — New documents just acquired by Operation Rescue show that the Women’s Med Center, a late-term abortion facility in Dayton, Ohio, committed violations of Ambulatory Surgical Facility rules by aborting a late-term pregnancy on a 31-year old woman who was so impaired by an overdose of street drugs that she could not give her consent.

The owner and medical director of the Women’s Med Center (WMC) is the notorious third-trimester abortion specialist Martin Haskell.


Operation Rescue was notified local activists at the time of the incident, which occurred on June 11, 2015, and was provided photos of the ambulance that responded to the WMC’s call for emergency medical assistance.

Public 911 audio recording obtained by Operation Rescue showed that a WMC employee called for help with a patient who was suffering from an overdose of street drugs. There was no mention in the call that a late-term abortion was involved. Because of that, it appeared that the incident was not abortion-related.

However, a deficiency report released by the Ohio Department of Heath last month shows that a complaint was immediately filed against the WMC, presumably by someone associated with the hospital where the patient was taken. This prompted an inspection the following day, on June 12, 2015.

During that inspection, the WMC was cited for “failure to ensure a patient was allowed to refuse or withdraw consent for treatment when her physical and cognitive condition precluded her from participating in her treatment.”

An inspector from the Department of Health was given access to the WMC medical record of the hospitalized woman, known as “Patient 1,” and recorded details to describe what happened to the woman.

On June 10, 2015, Patient 1 reported to the Women’s Medical Center for preparation for an abortion, which included the placement of “a dilator.” It is routine for women who are about to undergo late-term abortions in the second trimester or later to have dilators, known as laminaria, inserted into their cervixes. These dilators are meant to expand the cervical opening large enough so that surgical instruments can be inserted and dismembered parts of the baby can be removed.

After the dilator insertion, Patient 1 was given six tablets of Percocet (a narcotic pain reliever) and told to return the following day.

A nurse’s note dated June 11, 2015, read:

Patient arrived to facility in care of friend and was noted to be leaning on friend, walking slowly … Patient speech noted to be slow and slurred. Patient unable to keep eyes open and noted to be twitching when open. Patient unable to hold conversation.

The patient was put into a wheelchair, but was unable to hold her head up. One staff member told the inspector that the patient displayed signs of recreational drug use.

The abortionist’s note concerning Patient 1’s condition stated that she “arrived at the office in a somulent state; responsive to strong stimuli; but otherwise not able to walk, or to make coherent conversation.”

According to Patient 1’s friend, before arriving at the abortion facility, the woman had ingested two Soma and several Percocet along with what was believed to be Suboxone and heroin.

Instead of calling 911 at that time for the obviously overdosed patient, the physician on duty consulted two other physicians. One was the facility’s Medical Director, Martin Haskell, the notorious late-term abortionist. The other was a designated transfer physician who is contracted to supply emergency hospital care for WMC patients since none of the WMC abortionists qualify for hospital privileges.

PullQuote-WMC Forced AbortionThe deficiency report stated, “The physician note dated 06/11/2015 revealed the decision was made to do the procedure and planned for post procedure admission to the hospital with a diagnosis of ‘suspected recreational drug overdose.’”

The abortion procedure was done on Patient 1, apparently without further medication, without her consent, and most likely without her knowledge given her impaired state of consciousness, making this a forced abortion.

During the procedure, records show the patient experienced semi-consciousness and low blood pressure.

It was only after the abortion was completed that 911 was called and Patient 1 was given Narcan, a drug to counteract the effects of opiate drugs.

“Leaving out the fact that Patient 1 had just undergone a late-term abortion procedure and other important details about her condition put the EMS workers at a disadvantage when responding to the call for help,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Late-term abortions are expensive. For Haskell and his staff, the abortion fee came first before the safety or life of their patient.”

It is currently unknown what kind of repercussions were experienced by WMC staff for committing a risky abortion on an overdosed patient who could not consent to the procedure. However, the facility remains open and there is no evidence that the Ohio Medical Board has held Haskell or the suspected abortionist, Roslyn Kade, responsible in any way.

Operation Rescue will follow up with this developing situation and report any update as they come in.

Read the full Women’s Med Center Deficiency Report