“Butcher of Bellevue” Strikes: 17-Week Abortion Gone Wrong At Carhart’s Nebraska Abortion Mill

UPDATE! Read the 911 CAD printout. See video with 911 recording below.

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bellevue, NE – The notorious late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, 75, who has killed one abortion patient and hospitalized at least 15 others in the past five years, has seriously injured yet another abortion patient, who required emergency medical intervention and hospitalization.

Emergency units were dispatched to Carhart’s dilapidated Abortion and Contraception Clinic of Nebraska, located in the Omaha suburb of Bellevue, in response to a 911 call place at approximately 3:08 p.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017. The fire unit was first on the scene, followed minutes later by an ambulance.

According to emergency dispatch radio traffic obtained by Operation Rescue, the patient was a 35-year old female who had just completed at abortion of her baby at 17-weeks gestation.

“Carhart has not aged well, and he is injuring more women as time goes by. We have followed Carhart’s exploits for many years and know that while he has always been too good at killing babies, he has never been very good at avoiding catastrophic medical injuries and patient deaths,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “There is no way he should be allowed to continue his baby-killing business that has maimed and killed so many women.”

The woman suffered from difficulty breathing and excessive bleeding that Carhart and a second physician were incapable of controlling at the run-down facility where Carhart has operated for decades.

This once again raises questions about the safety of women seeking abortions at stand-alone facilities that are not equipped to cope with the many life-threatening complications that can arise, especially during the riskier second and third trimester abortions for which Carhart is well known.

Paramedics spent 17 minutes inside the facility before transporting the injured woman using Code 2 to Bellevue Medical Center. Code 2 represents an acute but non-time critical transport that does not require lights and sirens.

Carhart was seen on the video exiting his abortion facility and climbing into the ambulance so he could accompany his patient to the hospital – something Carhart rarely does. However, the aging abortionist holds no hospital privileges and would not be allowed to continue treating her (perhaps thankfully) once she reached the hospital.

“Only a political climate that is bent on protecting abortionists at any costs has kept a shoddy abortionist like Carhart in business. Corrupt abortion attorneys shield him from the consequences of his actions, which are much more akin to those of Josef Mengle than Albert Schweitzer,” said Newman.

Carhart is currently being sued by former abortion patient Wendy Devine, who is alleging that LeRoy Carhart so severely botched her late-term at Germantown Reproductive Health Services in Germantown, Maryland, that she nearly died and will likely never bear another child.

Carhart was also under investigation by the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives for suspected participation in the illegal sale of aborted baby remains, and for possible violations of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act. Unfortunately, the Panel ended before the investigation could be concluded.

Below are other medical emergencies involving LeRoy Carhart that have occurred over the past five years.

February 7, 2017, Germantown, MD: Abortion patient transported to a local hospital for “problems” that were completely redacted from 911 records. (Video, 911 records on file with OR)
December 29-30, 2016, Germantown, MD: Two of Carhart’s abortion patients returned to the abortion facility in the middle of the night to be treated for complications. One women was seen waddling into the facility holding what appeared to be a shower liner between her legs. Neither woman was transported to the hospital by ambulance. (Photos)
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.)

Carhart Sends 10th Patient to Hospital on Anniversary of Another Patient’s Death

By Cheryl Sullenger

Germantown, MD — Late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart has sent yet another abortion patient to the hospital – tragically on the anniversary of the death of one of his late-term abortion patients, Jennifer Morbelli, who died from complications to a 33-week abortion on February 7, 2013.

This is the 10th time Carhart has summoned an ambulance to transport one of his patients to the emergency room since he first began working at Germantown Reproductive Health Services (GRHS) in December 2010.

Video provided to Operation Rescue by the Maryland Coalition for Life showed the ambulance arrived at GRHS at 3:05 p.m. About five minutes later, paramedics wheeled out a woman who was sitting upright on the gurney.

“Medical emergencies are increasing in frequency at Germantown Reproductive Health Services. This is an alarming and dangerous trend that must be investigated,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

The Maryland Board of Physicians is currently refusing to investigate Carhart’s patient care issues unless they are provided with the name and contact information of an abortion patient that suffered injuries at GRHS.

“Unfortunately, the Board completely understands that patient identities are protected by HIPAA, so it would be very difficult for pro-life supporters who witness these emergencies to have access to that information,” said Newman. “It’s a roadblock the Board knows we will have difficulty overcoming. This only protects Carhart so he can kill and maim again and again without consequence.”

The last time an ambulance was called to GRHS was April 4, 2016, when a hemorrhaging late-term abortion patient was rushed to the hospital.

Carhart reportedly quit his job with GRHS in October 2016 while under Congressional Investigation and fighting a major malpractice suit. Carhart returned to work at GRHS about two months later.

Since Carhart’s return, two late-term abortion patients have been forced to return to the abortion facility in the middle of the night suffering unscheduled problems. One woman was pictured waddling into the facility with what appeared to be a plastic shower liner between her legs.

The House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives’ final report noted that Carhart apparently has health issues, including arthritis so severe in his hands that one former worker told the Panel that Carhart was not physically fit to conduct abortions.

The most recent incident occurred four years to the day after Jennifer Morbelli died from complications to a 33-week abortion. As her condition deteriorated overnight after her abortion, neither Carhart nor his staff could be reached. Her family eventually took her to a nearby emergency room where she later died.

Competency Issues Mount as Late-term Abortionist Carhart Unexpectedly Returns to Germantown

By Cheryl Sullenger

Germantown, MD – New information has surfaced concerning abortionist LeRoy Carhart, who had reportedly quit working at a Maryland late-term abortion facility in October 2016, some of which raises additional concerns of his competency to conduct abortions.

Eight weeks after his departure, Carhart unexpectedly resumed abortions at Germantown Reproductive Health Services (GRHS).

“We believe that the original decision to quit working in Germantown was probably meant to be ‘permanent,’ but something apparently happened that changed his mind,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “There are all sorts of rumors out there, but until we can confirm facts, we must refrain from further speculation.”

Since Carhart’s return to GRHS, the Maryland Coalition for Life has published photographs of at least two patients that have returned to the late-term abortion facility in the middle of the night seeking treatment. It is very unusual for women to be seen at any abortion facility in the middle of the night, and it usually means that something has not gone according to plan.

On December 29, 2016, one patient can be seen waddling into the abortion facility with what appeared to be a linen or plastic sheet – possibly a shower curtain liner — between her legs. The image was recorded at 3:49 a.m. By 5:30 a.m., everyone, including the patient, LeRoy Carhart, Mary Lou Carhart, and three of GRHS staff, had vacated the facility.

The following night, another patient was seen entering the abortion facility at 3:58 a.m. There is no indication prompted her to seek treatment at that unusual hour.

Carhart had been under investigation last year by the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives. A subpoena was issued to him seeking information related babies born alive during late-term abortions and to suspected trafficking in aborted baby remains. Carhart never fully complied with the subpoena.

The Select Panel’s final report discussed its investigation into Germantown Reproductive Health Center, noting that it interviewed four of the facility’s employees and one confidential informant. According to the report, the informant “claimed that [Carhart] is not fit to practice due to arthritis in his hands.”

Since December 2010, nine women have been transported by ambulance to a local hospital for emergency treatment Carhart and GRHS could not provide. One of Carhart’s 33-week abortion patients, Jennifer Morbelli, died from complications to the third trimester abortion she received from Carhart in February 2013.

Last September, a former GRHS patient sued Carhart for a near fatal abortion she received on January 18, 2016. Suffering heavy bleeding and severe pain, she was eventually transported to a nearby hospital where it was discovered that she was bleeding internally from numerous life-threatening injuries that included a uterus that had been slashed open from top to bottom during the abortion. That case is still pending.

“It has become all too obvious that LeRoy Carhart poses a serious danger to women,” said Newman. “Please join me in praying for him to leave the abortion industry for good and for both his abortion facilities in Bellevue, Nebraska, and Germantown, Maryland, to permanently close.”

Thankful: Late-term Abortionist Carhart Calls it Quits in Maryland! (See update)

UPDATE: Carhart has returned to work at Germantwon Reproductive Health Services after what was likely supposed to be a permanent departure in the fall of 2016. GRHS continues without much success to seek a replacement for Carhart, according to a confidential source. Read more.

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Germantown, MD – Abortionist LeRoy Carhart will no longer be conducting abortions at Germantown Reproductive Health Services (GRHS), an abortion facility in Germantown, Maryland, that has until now provided abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

According to local sources, Carhart’s last abortions in Maryland took place during the week of October 30, 2016. He returned to GRHS on November 8, but stayed only a few hours, sending several very late-term patients home without abortions. He left later in the afternoon and never returned.

“The fact that Carhart will no longer be aborting babies in Maryland is something to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. We congratulate our co-laborers at the Maryland Coalition for Life for their hard work that has made this day a reality,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Carhart’s brand of very late-term abortions are morally reprehensible and very dangerous, having taken the lives of countless viable babies and two of this patients. We have worked for years to end this atrocity, and today, Maryland is free from the dangers posed by Carhart.”

GRHS, once among the few abortion facilities that would openly do the expensive third-trimester abortions, now offers them up to 19 weeks.

Carhart located his extremely late-term abortion business to Germantown in December 2010. This move was prompted by the 2009 closure of Women’s Health Care Services in Wichita, Kansas, where he also worked conducting third-trimester abortions. His plan to move his late-term business to Nebraska was thwarted by the passage of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act – the first of its kind – by the Nebraska Legislature in April 2010, which banned abortions at 20 weeks or later into pregnancy.

While in Maryland, Carhart’s risky abortions were responsible for the emergency transport of at least eight women to hospital emergency rooms. In addition, one of his third-trimester patients, Jennifer Morbelli, died in 2013 from complications to her procedure.

Earlier this year, a Federal lawsuit was filed against Carhart for a seriously botched late-term abortion that came close to costing the life of another one of his patients. He also faced the scrutiny of the House Select Panel on Infant Lives, which issued subpoenas to him and GRHS for documents related to the suspected trafficking of aborted baby remains and the deaths of babies who may have been born alive during abortions at the Germantown facility.

Carhart continues to operate an abortion facility in his home town of Bellevue, Nebraska, where he still does abortions up to 20 weeks.

“At age 75 and not in the best of health, we believe it is a great time for Carhart to retire,” said Newman. “We pray that before next Thanksgiving, he will make the decision to quit the killing business for good.”

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

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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.