LeRoy H. Carhart, M.D., CARE’s Medical Director, has been providing 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, second, and third trimester abortions, and acting as a consultant to abortion and family planning clinics throughout the United States.
Dr. Carhart 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, BBC and Newsweek.
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.