"giving patients the compassion and respect they deserve"
At CARE, our mission is to:
To provide comprehensive abortion care that recognizes the complexities of people’s lives and experiences.
To empower people with information and direct care to help navigate their pregnancies.
To mentor and train the next generation of abortion care professionals.
To mobilize our communities and legislators to support protecting and expanding access to abortion care.
We value abortion as a basic human right and need.
We understand that abortion is a unique experience that every person approaches from their own emotional, spiritual, and cultural background. Compassion and respect for everyone who enters our clinic is a core value that we live by. This includes entrusting our patients with agency and autonomy while serving as empathetic and affirming providers.
We value autonomy.
We believe everyone is entitled to bodily integrity and self-determination as a basic human right. We believe that the decision to have an abortion lies solely with the individual and must not be coerced, or unduly influenced by external forces.
We value the intersections of reproductive health, rights, and justice.
We acknowledge the many intersections of reproductive health, rights, and justice. We recognize that the root systems that uphold wealth, power, and privilege, must be dismantled for health equity to become a reality. These structures include white supremacy, cis heteropatriarchy, capitalism, and fundamentalism. To this end, we partner with and support the work of grassroots reproductive justice and abortion access organizations.
We value that abortion experiences are all unique.
We acknowledge that abortion is not an experience limited to women but that people across the gender spectrum also seek this care. We are committed to creating a space that is affirming and respectful of people regardless of their gender identity, race, ethnicity, nationality, citizenship status, age, creed, sexuality, ability, and socioeconomic background.
We value self and community care.
We recognize that one cannot pour from an empty cup. We understand that in order to provide optimal care to the communities we serve we must first meet the needs of our team by fostering an adaptive culture in our work environment. We work to center self and community care in our organizational structure and policies.
We value accountability, transparency, and growth.
We believe in dialogue and ensuring no person, regardless of status or power, is immune to responsibility. We vow to ensure accountability by recognizing and defusing power imbalances, particularly when working with marginalized groups, and taking responsibility for harm caused. We will hold the opposition accountable and we will call in members of our movement when they deviate from our values. In this same vein, our organization stands prepared to be called in when we make mistakes. We are committed to transparency and living out the values of our organization and the movement. We accept accountability as a loving call for us to do better, not as a personal attack.
CARE Medical Director
LEROY H. CARHART, M.D.
LeRoy H. Carhart, M.D. has been performing abortions since 1970.
Dr. Carhart graduated from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, PA in 1973. He completed his surgical residency at Hahnemann Hospital and its affiliates, and served as Chief Resident from 1977 to 1978 at Atlantic City Medical Center in Atlantic City, NJ. Dr. Carhart retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving 21 years in the United States Air Force, and now works full-time providing abortions, teaching other providers in the techniques of first and second trimester abortions, and acting as a consultant to abortion and family planning clinics throughout the United States.
Dr. Carhart has been performing vasectomies since 1971, and has performed over 3,500 vasectomies to date. In 1982, he established the first U.S. Air Force training program to teach vasectomy surgery to family practice residents at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. Dr. Carhart has been performing abortions full-time since 1988 in Nebraska and other states, and was an associate physician with Dr. George R. Tiller from 1998 until Dr. Tiller’s murder in May of 2009.
Dr. Carhart is one of the four subjects of the 2013 documentary After Tiller. He has been featured in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Huffington Post, Ms. Magazine, and Newsweek.
Advocating for Reproductive Rights
In June 1997, Dr. Carhart filed for a temporary restraining order to prevent the State of Nebraska from enforcing their “Partial Birth Abortion” law, as Dr. Carhart saw this law as unconstitutional. The District Court for the State of Nebraska agreed, and issued a “Permanent Injunction” to prevent the enforcement of this unconstitutional law. The State of Nebraska appealed, and lost a decision in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. The State of Nebraska then appealed to the United States Supreme Court. Oral arguments were heard on April 25, 2000, and on June 28, 2000, the Supreme Court ruled that the Nebraska law and also the laws in 31 other states were unconstitutional.
In 2005, Dr. Carhart challenged the federal “Partial Birth Abortion” ban. This challenge was also taken to the U.S. Supreme Court. The ban was upheld in a 5-to-4 decision, however, in the decision the court made changes to the ban to restrict its application to the D&E procedure and eliminated the cause for concern.
Dr. Carhart remains steadfast in his activism to reduce the need for abortions in the future while increasing the availability to needed abortions in the present.
Awards and Recognition
Meet Our Core Team
Chelsea Souder - She/Her/Hers
Chelsea Souder believes strongly that abortion is a matter of self-preservation and identifies as proabortion. Chelsea has a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s in Public Health, specializing in maternal and child health. She is a Uniting Our Voices graduate and serves as the Co-Director of the Abortion Access Fund and a Board Member of the Abortion Care Network. Chelsea has contributed to multiple publications on abortion access and delivery of care. She has three wild children who keep her very busy…and tired. She enjoys water sports, kickboxing, she LOVES Chinese and Indian food and is slightly obsessed with Sam Smith and Adele.
Michael Saenz - He/Him/Any
Michael has been on our team since 2017. Most recenting as the Director of Public Relations and Marketing at our Omaha, Nebraska location. His primary languages of fluency are English and Spanish. He holds a BS in Public Health from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He recognizes that abortion care is an integral part of public health practice, that has frequently been ignored and removed from the conversation. Michael is dedicated to collaborating with community partners to foster conditions that make abortion care as accessible as possible, while deliberately centering people of color. He also aims to help create an environment in which abortions are understood as a universal experience and a positive element of life.
“I try to talk about abortion any opportunity I have, it is a truth that is deeply personal and meaningful to me. I embrace the term pro-abortion and value the self determination that our provision of care allows for. I feel a deep sense of gratification being part of a team that provides abortion care through all trimesters.”
Director of Development and Political Engagement
Lily Bolourian - She/Her/Hers
Lily Bolourian is an Iranian-American reproductive and environmental justice organizer and the Director of Development and Political Engagement at CARE. Lily is fluent in Farsi and conversational in French. Lily holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Politics from George Mason University and is a graduate student in Health Law and Policy at Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law. Lily has contributed to multiple publications, including on the intersections of imperialism and reproductive justice. She has delivered keynotes, held workshops, spoken on national panels, and organized mobilizations for over twelve years in favor of abortion access and reproductive justice for all. Lily lives in Gaithersburg, MD and likes to spend her (nonexistent) free time causing trouble in her Doc Martens, practicing martial arts, playing her records too loudly, and/or spending time in her vegetable garden.