Select Panel on Infant Lives Final Report: Confidential informant, 'a former employee of the clinic, claims [Abortion Doctor #1*] is not fit to practice due to arthritis in his hands'

* Defined in the report as "an abortion provider in Nebraska and Maryland” and along with numerous references to Germantown, Maryland, is believed to be LeRoy Carhart

PRESS RELEASE by Panel Chairman, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn

PANEL REPORT has Immediate effect: House Speaker Paul Ryan promises to defund Planned Parenthood

READ the full U.S. House Select Investigative Panel Report (link) 

REPORT INCLUDES horrific 4 pages of photo evidence (link) of the Reality of Late-term Abortion **WARNING GRAPHIC** "America will not reject abortion until America sees abortion." ~Father Frank Pavone

PLUS EXHIBITS for; Chapter II (link)Chapter V (link)Chapter VI (link)Chapter VII (link)Chapter VIII (link), and Chapter IX (link)

READ Carhart’s Response to Select Panel Subpoena (link); HIGHLIGHTS: 1) Claims has never "been involved in any medical practice litigation, threatened or actual”; 2) Further claims “No documents or communications exist relative to the donation or sale of fetal tissue.” However, when later asked to provide “All communications and documents sufficient to show whether any current and former personnel of [his] had responsibilties which include[d] procuring, researching, storing, or packaging for donation, sale, or transport of any fetal tissue,” he states “Any documents responsive to this request will be produced”; 3) While not providing any specific personal evidence of such, Carhart maintains he exists under a "heightened risk [of] harassment, violence, intimidation, and harm” and experiences “very real threats to [his] personal safety and security”; 4) Carhart explains that he is “particularly concerned” by his belief that ”organizations linked to Scott Roder [George Tiller’s murderer currently serving a life sentence in prison]…[have] directly initiated complaints against [him] with the Maryland Board of Physicians.

Excerpt from Final Report Chapter VII -  Case Studies of Late-Term Abortion Clinics (pp. 281-283)

Abortion clinics and hospitals typically use one of two methods when performing abortions in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy—dilatation and evacuation (D&E) or induction. Both of these procedures require a patient’s cervix to be dilated over a period of hours to days prior to the actual procedure. During that dilation process, an infant can be delivered spontaneously.765 If the infant has not been administered feticide—typically intracardiac potassium chloride injection (KCl) or intrafetal/intra-amniotic digoxin injection— or if the feticide fails, infants are sometimes born alive. While infants are not likely to be born alive during the D&E procedure, which entails dismembering and removing the infant and the placenta with forceps, infants have been born alive following the induction process in an induction abortion.

The business practices and procedures of late-term clinics implicate numerous legal and ethical concerns. When human infants are born alive in late-term abortion clinics or hospitals, abortion providers are obligated to ensure that these infants are afforded all of the protections guaranteed by federal and state law. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, between 2003 and 2014, 588 reported infant deaths included a code indicating that a cause of death was “termination of pregnancy, affecting fetus and newborn.” At least 143 of these deaths could definitively be classified as involving an induced abortion; however, the CDC acknowledges that this could be an underestimate.

The Panel’s Investigation into the Clinic in Maryland

[T]he Panel decided to interview several of the employees of the clinic in Maryland in order to investigate the above-mentioned items. In the interviews, when questioned on when [Abortion Doctor #1] thinks viability occurs, the employees stated 27 weeks. [Clinic Worker #1] stated that up to 27 weeks, the woman does not need to provide a justification for the abortion, as shown in the following excerpt from the transcript: 

Q. Can I just, the 20- to 27-week range, which is about 50 percent of your practice, so do the women have to provide any justification for the abortion during that period of time from 20 to 27 weeks?
A. No, ma’am.
Q. So it's only after 27 weeks?
A. Correct.

In addition to the concerns that purely elective, post-viability abortions are taking place, there have been several medical complications that have occurred at the clinic, under the watch of [Abortion Doctor #1]. Since December 2010, 9 women have been transferred to a nearby hospital due to complications from an abortion at this clinic, with 7 of them being emergency transports. The most alarming factor is that 5 of the 9 transfers have occurred since December 2015. In April 2016, the Panel met with a confidential informant, a former employee of the clinic, who claimed that [Abortion Doctor #1] is not fit to practice due to arthritis in his hands. (emphasis added)

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