Abortionist LeRoy Carhart Sued for a Seriously Botched Late-Term Abortion


By Cheryl Sullenger

Germantown, MD — The topic of late-term abortions was one of great public interest during the recent election season. 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 the left 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.

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.)

NOTE: This article has been updated.

  • GracieW

    Her recovery is torturous? Think of what her poor baby went through! She is lucky to be alive which is more than can be said for the child she murdered. Why would she care about getting pregnant again? She WAS pregnant and she chose death for her baby. Why would she want another one but not the one she had butchered?

  • Cheryl Sullenger

    Let’s try to show some compassion for women in these circumstances. She made a mistake for which she has already paid dearly. No one here is defending her decision. At least she has the courage to go after Carhart in court and expose the truth about these horrific abortions. May she win a gazillion dollars and completely bankrupt him and that late-term house of horrors!

  • patcarlson1

    Abortion is more than a “mistake”. When evil fights evil, it’s hard to know whom to root for. She sues the doc and wins. He declares bankruptcy, goes to work for some other organization, and keeps on killin’. *Sigh*

  • Cheryl Sullenger

    I am always distressed by the lack of compassion for women expressed in comments under stories like this. I hope no one reading this has to pay for their sins in such a devastating manner. I guess in some people’s eyes God’s mercy and grace extends only to the pious and not to the admittedly flawed. Yet, when some pro-life person admits to a horrific abortion or even participation in conducting abortions, we laud them as heroes and put them on the Pregnancy Help Center speaking circuit! There’s a double standard here that we should all take a moment and think about.

  • Glennfriend67

    I pity this pathetic creature for what she has suffered. I hope that she is able to put this monster behind bars so that he never touches another human being ever again. I believe this poor woman has more than learned her lesson, and hope she can turn to God for comfort. He is always there to forgive the repentant, and to offer another chance. She might never bear a natural child again, and that is her punishment, but she can always adopt, and that is her salvation.

  • olneyangel

    It doesn’t do any good to rail against this woman. While it’s true that the baby suffered terribly, but as the Body of Christ, we have a responsibility to try and bring this woman to a place of healing.

  • MsMoomMist

    The only thing you can do is pray for these women’s salvation and then do what you can do to stop the madness that allows a country to say it is OKAY to kill innocent babies. Pregnant women have a choice, innocent babies in the womb do not. God forgives yes, but he will judge ALL of us,not just the “admittedly flawed” but the righteous and the ‘self-righteous’. Many, I have met, actually say that it is okay to have an abortion and that when they ask for forgiveness all will be forgiven. Have we forgotten that God knows all, even what is in our hearts. It is NOT okay to say that abortion is okay and that God will forgive, just because you ask. As for this woman, she isn’t suing because she had an abortion, she is suing because SHE was harmed. That is like a serial rapist suing the victim because he got a STD from his victim. Do you not see that? This is “the lesser of 2 evils” Evil is evil there is no greater or smaller it is EVIL.

  • Carla

    At 34 years of age, most know more about abortion than someone young. It is hard to feel sympathy for someone this age that chooses to kill her child; there are alternatives! She is suing only because things didn’t go as she planned, not because of the dead child.

  • BdgrGrrl

    Even putting abortion aside, isn’t Carhart a little long in the tooth for performing surgery? I have a physician who is a senior citizen and is wonderful, but he never wields a scalpel and never has. Carhart should retire and turn in his medical license if he knows what’s good for him *and* his patients.

  • I think compassion for the dead baby that will never ever get another chance to live their life is more appropriate.

    GracieW also asked a very legitimate question, it was the first thought that went through my head.

    Although I sympathize with Wendy for her ordeal, I have no respect for the sad, heartless and horrific betrayal of her very own child.

    This woman put herself in this “circumstance.” You are asking for more compassion for Wendy than she showed her very own precious unborn child.

    I’m having a hard time feeling sorry for Wendy, but I’m heartbroken for her innocent victim.

    Nowhere in this article do I see any remorse for the one and only truly innocent victim, the victim that was not given any choices or chances by their very own mother. I’m so disgusted by everyone involved.

  • I believe the difference is that the “pro life” people who are now speaking out have regretted their decisions, and are speaking out to prevent others from making the same mistake, and would never have an abortion again.

    While pro murder people have no remorse or regret and are often repeat offenders.

    This is not a double standard. It’s a HUGE difference in attitude, understanding, and compassion.

  • Exactly right.

    Miss Devine is expecting more sympathy and retribution for her own injuries, but nowhere do I see any remorse or sympathy for the poor, innocent and precious child that she so painfully betrayed and murdered. Does seem hypocritical, doesn’t it? I hope she realizes exactly what she did, and never tries to murder her child again. IF she can have another child.

    So sad.

  • Yep. I agree.

  • independent_forever

    As difficult as it is to even consider this…Jesus taught we should also pray for people like this doctor even as what he does sickens our stomachs. Definitely something almost impossible for me to do but I will trust in Jesus and pray the daily prayer that this man will see the light and repent and maybe become a voice for life instead of the menace he is now…..no one said this faith would be easy…and we see how right that statement was…”May the grace of our Lord penetrate the hardened heart of LeRoy Carhart and all of his employees so that their hearts will be transformed by your love for the sake of their own souls–Amen” for those reading….don’t let hate and satan bring you down to his darkness….rise above…it’s not worth your souls…

  • Betsy Karle

    The article states that this woman may never be able to conceive or carry another baby…such irony that anyone is concerned that she might not be able to have another baby. Didn’t she have one that she spent two days expelling?