Nebraska officials: Carhart isn’t doing illegal abortions
OMAHA, Nebraska, November 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – State officials have cleared notorious abortionist LeRoy Carhart of violating the state's fetal tissue and late-term abortion laws.
In August, Nebraska health officials investigated whether Carhart's Nebraska clinic broke the state's ban on late-term abortions and didn't handle fetal tissue correctly. The state concluded that those violations did not occur, though three other issues were caught, and, according to The Associated Press, addressed.
Operation Rescue's Cheryl Sullenger said her organization "must question the determination that Carhart is not doing illegal late-term abortions."
"Operation Rescue has documented through past investigations that Carhart very likely falsifies ultrasound results by manipulating the transducer to produce the measurements he wants in order to deceive inspectors," she told LifeSiteNews. "Based on numerous tips we have received from our sources, we have no reason to believe that Carhart has amended this practice."
"In our long experience with him, we have found that deception is a way of life with Carhart, and we urge regulators to keep that in mind when dealing with him."
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Sullenger also said that the issues officials did find are significant. "The Nebraska Health Department found serious deficiencies at Carhart's Nebraska abortion clinic, including expired supplies and failing to properly maintain equipment such as ultrasounds and abortion machines. These violations reflect further documentation of Carhart's chronically sloppy practices, which negatively impact patient care and safety."
Carhart's Maryland clinic has been the site of numerous issues of patient safety. In 2013, 29-year-old Jennifer Morbelli died after Carhart committed a late-term abortion.
The investigation of Carhart's facility took place as Nebraska governor Pete Ricketts ordered state officials to look at the state's Planned Parenthood clinics. However, The Associated Press reported that a spokesperson said the governor did not order the investigation of Carhart.
LifeSiteNews's call to the governor's office to ask about future plans to protect life was not returned by press time.