Rep. Diane Black: ‘Little That Separates Late-Term Abortionist LeRoy Carhart From Kermit Gosnell’

Leroy Carhart meets reporters outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2008 after a hearing on a partial-birth abortion case.
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Democrats in Congress demand the end of the special House panel charged with investigating allegations of the illegal buying and selling of aborted baby body parts, and, most recently, the practices of notorious late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, who has allegedly sent at least five of his abortion patients to the hospital from his Maryland clinic since December alone.

“There is little that separates late-term abortionists like LeRoy Carhart from someone like Kermit Gosnell,” Rep. Diane Black (TN), a Republican member of the House panel, tells Breitbart News.

Friday, May 13 was the third anniversary of the murder conviction of Gosnell, who was discovered to have severed the spinal cords of aborted babies born alive in his Philadelphia “House of Horrors” abortion clinic. Gosnell was also found guilty in the death of one of his patients due to an anesthesia overdose.

Black adds:

Carhart’s clinic is one of the few in the nation that performs abortions during the third trimester – despite the overwhelming evidence of health risks to the mother and fetal pain for the unborn child – and public records indicate that at least five women have been sent to the hospital since December while seeking an abortion at this facility. This total disrespect for human life should concern all people of conscience. An investigation is truly the least we can do at this point.

Black, a nurse for more than 40 years, has made pro-life legislation a priority of her service. She authored the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 – which was approved by the House last September – and voted against the continuing resolution to fund the government because it included funding for Planned Parenthood. National Right to Life – which has given Black a 100 percent pro-life vote rating, has also endorsed her in her re-election bid this year.

During a news conference, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi referred to the House panel as the “Select Committee to Attack Women’s Health,” and added:

Ever since its creation, the Republicans of the Select Committee to Attack Women’s Health sole purpose has been to drive an outrageous campaign of misrepresentation and intimidation. As our Democrats on the Committee documented in their letter to Speaker Ryan yesterday, Republicans’ actions are endangering women, researchers, and doctors. The Republican Select Committee is engaging in abuses that have not been seen on Capitol Hill since the days of Joseph McCarthy. It is a clear violation of House Rules; it should be disbanded immediately.

All six of the Democrat members of the House panel received funding for their campaigns from the abortion industry, including Rep. Jackie Speier, who tweeted out her solidarity with fellow Democrats against the House panel:

Black observes that while Congress allowed Planned Parenthood to receive taxpayer funding this year, more states are coming forward to eliminate the abortion business’ support.

“We must safeguard the rights of states to protect life and taxpayer dollars by defunding Planned Parenthood,” Black says. “As a state legislator, I was proud to lead this charge in Tennessee and I hope that more states will follow suit. Women deserve better than Planned Parenthood and Tennessee has shown that it is indeed possible to provide high quality care to women in need without resorting to the services of this scandal-ridden abortion giant.”

Last September, the House passed H.R. 3495, the Women’s Public Health and Safety Act, ensuring that states have the right to terminate Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood without fear of reprisal from the federal government. Black voted for the measure and spoke in support of it on the House floor.

The Obama administration, however, has shown it will protect the abortion business – even to the extent of threatening to withdraw federal funds from states that eliminate Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding.

“We shouldn’t be surprised at the lengths this President will go to protect his political allies at Planned Parenthood,” Black notes. “After all, this is the man who attended their annual fundraising gala and uttered the words, ‘God Bless you.’ The President, like most in his party, is completely beholden to the big abortion industry and no scandal is too big to sever their unholy alliance.”

The special House panel has already uncovered documents that point to Planned Parenthood’s illegal profiting from the sale of body parts of babies aborted in its clinics.

During the panel’s initial hearing, Black said about the baby parts scandal: “This is not dignity. This is not respect for human life. I want to ask the panelists – have we reached a point in our society where there effectively is an for human parts, including entire babies?”

Other pro-life leaders echo Black’s comments about the investigation into Carhart and the Democrats’ call to disband the House panel.

“It’s about time that Leroy Carhart is under scrutiny for his crimes as a late-term abortionist,” says Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “It is our hope that he be investigated for the many deaths of mothers and babies that occurred on his watch.”

“These Democrat Members of Congress are puppets of the abortion industry, which has donated heavily to their campaigns, and are trying to quickly get rid of the damning evidence that shows how deep the roots of the illegal fetal tissue trade go,” she adds. “It’s a disgrace.”

Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, praised the House panel’s decision to probe the practices of Carhart.

“LeRoy Carhart is one of the public faces of the abortion industry,” said Pavone in a statement. “He’s attacked partial birth abortion laws in court and even starred in a documentary that celebrated third-trimester abortionists.”

“But Carhart has also sent 12 women to the hospital in the last four years, five since December, and he’s killed at least two women after botched abortions,” he continues. “The fact that pro-aborts hail him as a hero speaks volumes about the abortion business itself.”


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