Carhart Announces Pie-In-Sky Hopes to Expand Late-term Abortions

Operation Rescue vows to work to prevent Carhart’s desires to open mills in two states from ever materializing

Omaha, NE — Late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart has announced his hopes to open late-term abortion clinics in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and in Maryland by the end of the year. He has also announced that he will be taking over an Indianapolis, Indiana, early-term abortion clinic that he has worked at for years. The Indianapolis clinic will not do late-term abortions.

In a typical display of egocentricity that has characterized his interviews for years, Carhart told reporters he plans to call his proposed chain of abortion mills the Carhart Centers for Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Carhart was thwarted by Operation Rescue in his plans to open a late-term abortion mill in Kansas last year. Carhart’s statements about continuing to do late-term abortions after the closure of Women’s Health Care Services last year caught the ear of Nebraska legislators and prompted the passage of a new law that bans abortions after 20 weeks when a pre-born baby can feel pain. These two actions have effectively brought Carhart’s late-term abortion business to a halt.

“We have known about his desire to expand into other states and have been watching his progress. We are also aware that he lacks the finances to implement his expansion plans and has been attempting to solicit donations for his late-term abortion scheme,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Carhart is in a desperate situation because he needs to do the lucrative late-term abortions to remain financially solvent. Lee has never really been a very good business man and investment in any business venture he is involved in is a foolhardy waste of money.”

Operation Rescue obtained a copy of a letter from Carhart dated September 22, 2010, outlining his wishes to expand and soliciting donations. The letter states he needs $450,000, but he told reporters yesterday that he actually needs $1.5 million.

“If there is one thing we know for sure about LeRoy Carhart, it is that he rarely, if ever, follows through on his grandiose boastings about future plans. Truthfulness is not a virtue that Mr. Carhart has ever fully embraced,” said Newman.

Operation Rescue doubts that Carhart’s claims will materialize, but is working with groups in Iowa and Maryland make sure they do not.

“Political situations in both states are less welcoming to abortionists since the November elections. We plan to take advantage of that,” said Newman.

“Carhart made similar headlines when he announced last year that he would be opening a late-term abortion clinic with 25 miles of Wichita, Kansas, by December 1, 2009. That clinic failed to materialize and we vow to make sure that these plans don’t either.”