A pro-life group’s “undercover video” campaign has caught a prominent abortion doctor telling a pregnant woman that if her baby didn’t die after a lethal injection, he would take it out “in pieces.”
Dr. Carhart, who specializes in late-term abortions, also works at a clinic in Germantown.
The video is the fourth in a series aimed at exposing the “inhumanity” of late-term abortion. It was obtained by two pregnant women who met with Dr. Carhart by pretending they wanted an abortion.
In one session, Dr. Carhart explained that in cases when fetuses don’t die from the lethal injections, then “we take them out in pieces.”
“Dr. Carhart’s testimony is shocking and sickening,” said Lila Rose, president of Live Action. “He compares a baby in the womb to ‘meat’ in a ‘slow cooker.’ He jokes about his abortion tool kit, complete with ‘pickaxe’ and ‘drill bit.’ “
Dr. Carhart also “outright lies” when he says one of his patients died of complications in her pregnancy, rather than from the abortion he performed on her, said Ms. Rose, referring to Jennifer Morbelli, of New Rochelle, N.Y., who died in February after visiting the Germantown clinic.
The death of Morbelli is being investigated by Maryland authorities and an autopsy report is pending. Media reports say she was possibly 33 weeks pregnant and there were complications with the unborn child.
A request for comment from Dr. Carhart’s Nebraska clinic was not immediately returned. Requests for comment from other pro-choice organizations, including the National Abortion Federation, of which Dr. Carhart is a member, were also not immediately returned.
Dr. Carhart is nationally known from his two U.S. Supreme Court lawsuits dealing with bans on an abortion procedure known as “partial-birth abortion.” In Stenberg v. Carhart in 2000, the high court handed him a victory by overturning the Nebraska law for violating the constitutional due-process clause.
However, in Gonzales v. Carhart in 2007, the high court upheld the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003.
Earlier Live Action videos, taken in New York, the District and Arizona, have been denounced as invasions of doctor-patient confidentiality. But Live Action is calling for federal and local investigations into health and legal violations by abortion clinics, especially those that perform late-term abortions.
Separately, 25 senators, led by Sen. Mike Lee, Utah Republican, have prepared a nonbinding “sense of the Senate” resolution calling for a congressional investigation to “correct abusive, unsanitary, and illegal abortion practices and the interstate referral of women and girls to facilities engaged in dangerous or illegal second- and third-trimester procedures.”
The resolution, sparked by the murder trial of late-term abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia, was filed Monday and discussed Wednesday on the Senate floor. However, Senate Democrats led by Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut offered a different resolution on Wednesday to apply condemnation to such practices in all health care settings, including dental offices.