Abortion doctor steps in for Dr. Tiller providing late-term abortions

Since Dr. George Tiller was killed in May 2009, Dr. LeRoy Carhart has taken Tiller’s place in providing late-term abortions.

Carhart was a colleague of Tiller’s and feels that since Tiller’s death, there is still a need for late-term abortions, and that someone has to step up to provide that service.

From the article in the NY Times:

Abortion-rights advocates say the need exists for late-term abortions, in cases of extraordinary genetic defects and other dire health circumstances, and some had worried that only a few physicians would be willing to provide such care after Dr. Tiller’s killing, an act prosecutors say was carried out by an abortion foe.

…Dr. Carhart, who has been performing abortions since the 1970s, is no stranger to the debate; he has been a litigant in two abortion-related cases decided by the United States Supreme Court over a particular method of abortion referred to by critics as “partial-birth abortion.” And immediately after Dr. Tiller’s killing, Dr. Carhart offered to continue operating his clinic, but the Tiller family decided to close it.

I think it is valuable that another doctor skilled in performing abortions has stepped up to take Dr. Tiller’s place. There is an obvious need for late-term abortions and there will always be circumstances in which there is a need. Unfortunately anti-abortion groups such as Operation Rescue will continue to harass abortion clinics and attempt to thwart Carhart’s effort to open a late term abortion clinic in Wichita, Kan.

“They have never targeted me more,” he said of abortion opponents. “But to me, the most dangerous response would be for me to stop what I am doing. The thought that killing Tiller might also succeed in closing another clinic — that’s my main reason for keeping open.”

What do you think, readers? Should Carhart move ahead with his plan to open a new clinic, or should he continue performing abortions in Omaha, Neb?

The abortion debate continues. Let’s hope there won’t be any more tragedies like the death of Dr. Tiller.

  1. I think he is being brave for opening another clinic, not only because of the death of Dr. Tiller, but also really standing up for what he believes in.

  2. I agree, he is definitely courageous for continuing his practice. He stands for the principle of allowing women choice and this is so important, especially in light of Tiller’s death. Thanks for reading~

    -Sadie Synonymous

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