From the Associated Press, June 2:
Physician LeRoy Carhart wants to continue providing third-term abortions after the brazen slaying of his friend and colleague George Tiller, but the NE doctor doesn’t have anywhere to perform them – and he’s one of only a handful of providers who will….
Carhart, 67, is one of a handful of remaining doctors in the United States who perform third-trimester abortions….
Ok, blech, let me pause here and say third trimester abortions are never medically necessary….
The 3rd trimester begins at 28 weeks, when over 90% of healthy babies survive. It is just as easy if not easier and safer to deliver a late-term baby rather than abort. Not once in this long article on the topic of late-late-term abortions was the question addressed, “Why?” Continuing this advocacy piece on the killing of viable babies:
Carhart, a vocal abortion rights advocate who has been at the epicenter of the debate on what abortion foes call partial-birth abortions, first met Tiller more than 20 years ago and began working at the Wichita clinic a decade ago. He said he regularly traveled to KS for a few days every third week. He only performs third-term abortions at Tiller’s clinic…,.
The former Air Force surgeon also operates his own clinic, Abortion & Contraception Clinic of Nebraska, in a nondescript building in a working-class neighborhood of Bellevue, an Omaha suburb. But he said he doesn’t perform abortions past the 22nd week of pregnancy there.
Let’s take a station break to view photos of Carhart’s “nondescript building,” taken in March 2009 on the day it reopened following refurbishment after a fire (NOT blamed on pro-lifers). It was almost immediately shut down because Carhart reopened without getting an occupancy permit, as I previously reported, and was running his electricity off a generator…
Continuing the article:
The type of late-term abortions performed by Tiller, Carhart and the handful of others are rare…. Less than 2% of abortions occur at 21 weeks of pregnancy or later, according to Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive-health think tank. It is unknown how many are done specifically in the third trimester, but Carhart said 75 to 100 of the “several thousand” abortions he performs annually are in the third trimester.
Abortion rights advocates also worry the group of physicians who can provide the service is dwindling.
“There are very, very few abortions that happen at that time,” said Nancy Northrup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, who said she worries about a “severe shortage” of physicians who can perform the procedure. “People who need those services need caring and compassionate and qualified doctors like Dr. Tiller who are able to provide those services.”
With Tiller’s death, there are fewer than 10 doctors who perform third-trimester abortions in the United States, Carhart estimated, and though he has worked with younger physicians before, he hasn’t trained any abortion providers in third-trimester techniques for at least five years.
Another doctor who performs third-trimester abortions, 70-year-old Warren Hern of Boulder, CO, said he’s also concerned there won’t be enough doctors trained to perform abortions in the future. Hern is an associate clinical professor at the University of CO-Denver School of Medicine, but he said he hasn’t been asked to speak on the topic of abortion at the school in 21 years….
Hern, who is being protected by U.S. Marshals following Tiller’s killing, said many medical schools shy away from teaching about abortion and doctors don’t want to learn about it….
Another station break. Hern is the guy who grandiosely and delusionally told the Los Angeles Times on June 1 ” he was now ‘the only doctor in the world’ who performed very late-term abortions….”
About late-term abortions, Hern also wrote in a paper presented to Planned Parenthood abortionists in 1978, “We have reached a point in this particular technology where there is no possibility of denial of an act of destruction by the operator. It is before one’s eyes. The sensation of dismemberment flows through the forceps like an electric current.”
How totally bizarre. Continuing the AP piece:
A day after Tiller was shot, Carhart vowed to reopen his friend’s KS clinic and continue Tiller’s mission. But on Tuesday, Tiller’s family said there were no plans to reopen. Carhart said he remains hopeful that Tiller’s family will change their minds. If not, he hopes another abortion provider will open a clinic in KS where he can work part-time.
For Carhart, the dispute over abortion is personal. In 1991, his family’s rural home burned in a fire apparently started by an abortion foe….
On that last paragraph, “apparently” – says Carhart. No one was ever apprehended or prosecuted.
I’ve pulled excerpts, but this entire article is worth reading to gain a fuller understanding that MSM has seized upon Tiller’s murder to lionize late-term abortionists. So have pro-aborts. It can’t get much more bizarre than this, by RH Reality Check’s Amie Newman, in a June 1 column entitled “The circle continues: Dr. Carhart takes on Tiller’s practice.” (Funny, and speaking of lions, when I hear “circle of…” I think of the Lion King’s “circle of life.” Whoops, not so here.)
In this piece Newman repeated a presumptive statement Carhart made to the Omaha World-Herald the day of TIller’s murder that “he said he was en route to Wichita to run Tiller’s clinic for at least the next week.” What a hero, but whoops, it didn’t happen.
Anyway, get out the violins. Wrote Newman:
Never mind, of course, the children. Pro-lifers love them both. Pro-aborts can’t.
[HT: Sonia Dalton and Leslie Hanks; attribution for photo of Carhart: AP; for photos of Carhart's mill: Dr-Tiller.com]