Dr. LeRoy Carhart of Bellevue, Nebraska announced plans for the Carhart Centers for Sexual and Reproductive Health, including three new comprehensive reproductive health clinics in Maryland, Iowa, and Indiana. The first clinic is projected to open in suburban Maryland. The Centers will offer comprehensive family planning, male sexual health care, education programs, and abortion services, including specialized care in late abortion cases. Carhart cites current Nebraska law, which prohibits abortions after 20 weeks gestation, as the reason he must travel beyond his home state to provide this specialized care.
Carhart has become a chief target of Operation Rescue, based in Wichita, which launched targeted demonstrations and so-called "street counseling" in Omaha and at Dr. Carhart's Bellevue clinic in August 2009. Prior to Dr. George Tiller's murder in May 2009, Dr. Carhart traveled to Wichita each month to work with Dr. Tiller. Troy Newman of Operation Rescue led a multi-group campaign called "Keep it Closed" that aimed to ensure Dr. Carhart did not open a late abortion clinic in Kansas or Nebraska.
The Feminist Majority Foundation runs the National Clinic Access Project (NCAP) which is the oldest and largest national clinic defense project in the nation. NCAP's team of experts has been working diligently to stop anti-abortion attacks against Dr. Carhart as he works to save women's lives and health and expand his practice.
Media Resources: Feminist Majority Foundation 11/10/10; Feminist Daily Newswire 8/28/09