By Olivia Summers
Gruesome late-term abortionist Leroy Carhart, who infamously tried (and failed) to strike down the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban, has disturbingly set up a GoFundMe page to expand his late-term abortion business to a neighboring state.
Carhart is expanding his late-term abortion practice from Maryland and Nebraska to Pueblo, Colorado. Just weeks after the Dobbs decision was released, abortionist Carhart set up a GoFundMe page asking for $500,000 to help expand his abortion practice to Colorado – where abortion is legal throughout all stages of pregnancy – because he fears that Nebraska may ban his grisly trade.
Now, if Carhart’s name sounds familiar, that’s because it should.
In 1999, Nebraska banned a barbaric and gruesome abortion procedure accurately called “Partial-Birth Abortion.” This abortion method required delivering a baby alive, but only partially, so that some of the baby’s body was still inside the mother, and then killing the baby – generally by “puncturing of the back of the child’s skull and removing the baby’s brains.” Nebraska was not the first, or only, state to ban partial-birth abortion. In fact, 31 states had also passed restrictions on the ghastly method.
But, Carhart, who practices late-term abortions, including partial-birth abortions, challenged Nebraska’s ban, and ultimately prevailed in Stenberg v. Carhart. The case was decided in 2000, and the Supreme Court declared Nebraska’s ban unconstitutional, rendering it and other state bans on partial-birth abortions across the United States unenforceable.
Just a few years later, however, Congress passed, and President George W. Bush signed into law, the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. The purpose of the act was to create a federal ban on the procedure, and to effectively undo the Supreme Court’s ruling in Stenberg v. Carhart. Naturally, abortionist Carhart challenged the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act – but this time, he lost. The result was the Supreme Court’s 2007 decision to uphold the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban in Gonzales v. Carhart.
The ACLJ filed an amicus brief in that case supporting the ban. In our brief, we argued, among other things, that the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban “seeks to halt the extension of gruesome abortion practices into gruesome infanticide.”
In its decision, the Supreme Court echoed that argument, noting:
Congress determined that the abortion methods it proscribed had a “disturbing similarity to the killing of a newborn infant,” Congressional Findings (14)(L), in notes following 18 U. S. C. §1531 (2000 ed., Supp. IV), p. 769, and thus it was concerned with “draw[ing] a bright line that clearly distinguishes abortion and infanticide.” Congressional Findings (14)(G), ibid. The Court has in the past confirmed the validity of drawing boundaries to prevent certain practices that extinguish life and are close to actions that are condemned.
While Carhart ultimately lost the fight against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban, it didn’t stop him from continuing to profit from killing innocent little babies. But it’s not enough that he’s profited from causing the violent deaths of aborted children – now Carhart wants the general public to fund his expansion to a state where abortion is now essentially a Super-“Fundamental Right” and he can profit even more by offering late-term abortions in a state that has no gestational limits.
Abortionists will never stop their push to expand abortion – especially when they profit so greatly from its existence. The work to stop abortionists like Carhart from profiting off the killing of little babies is essential – which is why we need to not only do everything we can to stop them in the legal fights, but also fight against them by supporting local pregnancy centers that provide women the resources they need to choose life.
Editor’s note. This appeared at the American Center for Law and Justice.