Baltimore, Md., Feb 12, 2013 / 00:02 am
Pro-life advocates are urging an end to third-trimester abortions in response to the death of a 29-year-old woman who underwent the procedure at a Maryland clinic run by Dr. Leroy Carhart.
“It is so tragic that this family had to lose not only their nearly full-term child, but also their wife, daughter, and sister,” said Michael Martelli, executive director of the Maryland Coalition for Life. “What is most appalling is that the State of Maryland refused to hear the pleas of this community, and has allowed this man to continue to butcher women and children.”
The pro-life group said that on the same day the woman died, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced on its website that it issued an abortion license to Carhart’s clinic without inspecting the facility.
It also noted that Carhart was recently portrayed as a “hero” in the documentary “After Tiller,” which debuted at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
The documentary featured Carhart as one of only four doctors in America who perform third-trimester abortions. It claimed to show the great care that these doctors exercise with regard to their patients.
However, Martelli said in a Feb. 8 statement that the woman’s death was a “senseless tragedy” that resulted from a false sense of health care and “the apathy of the pro-abortion Maryland state government.”
On Feb. 7, a woman died at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, Md. after reportedly beginning a multi-day abortion procedure at Carhart’s Germantown Reproductive Health Services in Germantown, Md. the previous Sunday.
The Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the Montgomery County Police Department are investigating the woman’s death, the Washington Post reports.