By Cheryl Sullenger
Germantown, MD – An inspection of Germantown Reproductive Health Services (GRHS) conducted last fall discovered that the late-term abortion facility had been operating without a current medical laboratory permit. Late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, who is under investigation by the House Select Panel on Infant Lives, commits abortions at GRHS in Germantown, Maryland, throughout all nine months of pregnancy.
Operation Rescue has obtained a copy of the inspection report dated September 25, 2015, that cites GRHS for failing to maintain a current medical laboratory permit. It allowed its permit to expire in August, 2013. The abortion facility was also cited for displaying an expired license.
But perhaps more concerning was a citation for failing to ensure that GRHS employees were proficient in testing women for the Rh blood factor. This had the potential of affecting the health of patients and any future children that they might bear.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, “The Rh factor is a type of protein on the surface of red blood cells. Most people who have the Rh factor are Rh-positive. Those who do not have the Rh factor are Rh-negative.”
The APA goes on to explain that if a woman is Rh-negative and is pregnant with an Rh-positive baby, the mother can develop antibodies that can attack future babies in the womb. Those antibodies can “break down the fetus’s red blood cells and produce anemia (a condition that happens when the blood has a low number of red blood cells). . . It can become severe enough to cause serious illness, brain damage, or even death in the fetus or newborn.”
“Testing for the Rh factor is critically important and must be done accurately. By not ensuring that all employees are proficient in Rh testing, Germantown Reproductive Health Services placed future babies of abortion patients in grave danger. This was reckless and incompetent,” said Newman. “Carhart has been in the abortion business for decades and he should have known better than to operate on an expired lab license. This is just another example of how Carhart acts as if he is above the law with no regard for human life.”
The Select Panel on Infant Lives issued subpoenas to Carhart, GRHS, and seven other businesses and agencies earlier this month seeking documents related to the suspected illegal sale of aborted baby remains and the information related to babies who were born alive as the result of Carhart’s failed abortions.
Carhart was ordered to appear for a deposition before the Panel on June 13, 2016.
Adding to concerns that Carhart and GRHS is endangering the lives and health of patients and their babies is documentation of 14 medical emergencies requiring ambulance transport from GRHS and Carhart’s hometown abortion facility in Bellevue, Nebraska. This includes the death of abortion patient Jennifer Morbelli that resulted from complications to a 33-week abortion administered by Carhart in 2013.
“We are relieved that the Select Panel on Infant Lives is taking a hard look at Carhart and his shoddy abortion practices that have inflicted human misery on so many,” said Newman. “We pray that his two abortion businesses will shut down for good and that the proper authorities will finally put Carhart out of the abortion trade for good.”