House Panel Starts Investigation of Late-Term Abortionist

By Penny Starr | May 11, 2016 | 3:21 PM EDT

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

( - The House Energy and Commerce Committee Select Investigative Panel announced on Wednesday that it is beginning an investigation of late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, who performs abortions at a Germantown, Md., clinic.

"Public reports indicate at least five women have been sent to the hospital since December while seeking an abortion in his clinic," the committee said in a press release. "The clinic is one of the few in the nation that performs abortions during the third trimester."

“We have an obligation to protect the most vulnerable at all stages of life,” Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), chairman of the panel, said in the press release. “This obligation was expressed in both the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act and the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act.

“Reports regarding the Germantown clinic are deeply troubling, both for the sake of babies whose lives are ended so close to—and possibly even after—birth and for the sake of the women who have been rushed from that clinic to the hospital with increasing frequency,” Blackburn said.

“In order to properly address these concerns, we have issued subpoenas not only to Dr. Carhart and his clinic, but also to hospitals and first responders who may have information that will be instructive,” Blackburn said. “Time is of the essence.”

Copies of the subpoenas were posted on the committee's website.

“The Select Panel’s jurisdiction includes reviewing the practices of providers of second- and third-trimester abortions, and the care of infants born alive as a result of attempted abortions,” the press release said.