Monday, April 25, 2011

Carhart investigation: Cause for hope?

Operation Rescue West reports, "Late-term Abortionist Carhart Under Full Investigation By Maryland Board of Physicians."

The investigation pertains to revelations to the Board by an OR employee, who has informed the Board:

• Carhart misrepresented his practice on his Maryland medical license application when he indicated he was an emergency room physician and university professor. In reality, Carhart has not had an affiliation with a hospital since 1987, and was stripped of any formal duties with the University of Nebraska in the late 1990s.
• Carhart’s Maryland application omits his decades of job history as owner and abortionist at the Abortion and Contraceptive Clinic in Bellevue, Nebraska, and 12 years of employment at Women’s Health Care Services in Wichita, Kansas, where he specialized in late-term abortions.
• Carhart conducts risky late-term abortions in Maryland without hospital privileges.
• Carhart has a history of involvement in multiple botched late-term abortions during his employment in Kansas, including the third trimester death of 19-year old Christin Gilbert.

Granted, it's the first item in that list that's most likely to get Carhart in trouble. Medical boards tend to frown more on lying on your application than they do anything else. Kill your patients, defraud them, cripple them -- as long as you say you're sorry, promise to do better, and agree to take remedial classes, you can typically keep your license. But lie to the medical board? Now that is a serious no-no.

So there is a real possibility that Carhart will go down in screaming flames, as he so well deserves to do. Once one state yanks your license, all the other states tend to do so as well. If Carhart is smart, he'll just take his bat and ball and go back to his own yard, and just stop practicing in Maryland. The board will drop the investigation and Carhart will keep whatever other state licenses he has.

But then, as we saw in Kansas, politics play a stronger role than we'd like to believe. Maryland is one of the most abortion-friendly states in the country. The board may well choose to turn a blind eye simply because Carhart is an abortionist with friends in high places.

Only time will tell. Pray that real justice will be served.

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