Live Action, a pro-life organization, has released the fourth installment in its “Inhuman” series.
The latest undercover video shows pregnant investigators speaking with Dr. LeRoy Carhart, one of only four abortion doctors in America who is willing to terminate pregnancies past the 26-week mark. In addition to comparing what happens to a baby’s body during a late term procedure to “putting meat in a Crock-Pot,” the organization claims that Carhart misled an investigator about the dangers of abortion.
Lila Rose, founder of Live Action, decried this odd and grisly comparison and charged that the late-term abortion doctor made inappropriate jokes while speaking with the investigators — women he assumed were visiting him to seek an abortion.
“He jokes about his abortion toolkit, complete with ‘pickaxe’ and ‘drill bit,’” Rose said.
Here’s a portion of the dialogue that the doctor had with an investigator who was 26 weeks pregnant at the time (as transcribed by Live Action). The two were discussing how the baby is terminated and removed:
Dr. Carhart: It gets soft – like, mushy – so you push it through.
Woman: So what makes the baby “mushy”?
Dr. Carhart: The fact that it’s not alive for 2 or 3 days.
Woman: Oh. So I’ll have a dead baby in me?
Dr. Carhart: For 3 days, yeah… It’s like putting meat in a crock pot, okay? … It gets softer. It doesn’t get infected or–
Woman: OK, so the dead baby in me is like meat in a crock pot.
Dr. Carhart: Pretty much, yeah … in a slow cooker.
Rose also claims that Carhart lies in the video when he discusses the death of Jennifer Morbelli, a woman who died after a late-term abortion at his clinic (read more about Morbelli’s death here). Pro-life advocates have pushed diligently against the doctor following the 29-year-old’s tragic death, claiming that a botched abortion and not complications as a result of the pregnancy led to her demise.
“He outright lies when he claims that his patient, Jennifer Morbelli, died of complications in her pregnancy rather than from his abortion,” Rose adds.
At another point in the clip, Carhart addresses depression following abortion procedures, something he allegedly believes not to exist. In fact, he tells one of the investigators, “I’ve not had anybody leave there feeling worse than they came.”
Watch the shocking video, below:
This is the fourth investigative video in the “Inhuman” series. Last week, TheBlaze brought you the third video, which showed a counselor claiming that a Phoenix, Arizona-based clinic would not resuscitate a baby following a late-term abortion procedure.
Before that, a separate clip showed a Washington, D.C.-based abortion doctor saying that he, too, would not help a baby born alive — and in the first Live Action clip, similarly-troubling comments were made at a Bronx, New York, doctor’s office as well. These revelations come as the jury continues to deliberate in the Gosnell abortion case (full coverage of that can be found here).
In the past, TheBlaze has explored the journalistic standards and ethics surrounding undercover videos. The central question is: Is it ever permissible to lie to get the truth? While some would quickly answer affirmatively, it’s a challenging dynamic — and one that deserves scrutiny.
Experts have a variety of opinions, but the general consensus is that, unless deceit is the only option to retrieving information of monumental importance to the public, lying to obtain it is not ethical journalistic practice. There are, of course, differing ideas on how this dynamic unfolds. In 2011, Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard told TheBlaze that these rules do not apply to those outside of media.
“It’s dishonest for anyone in journalism to pretend to be someone they’re not. This rule doesn’t apply to folks outside the profession,” he said at the time.
But not everyone agrees with this assessment. Poynter has developed a list of standards for when it is — and is not — appropriate to use undercover tactics. And read more about TheBlaze’s exploration of undercover journalistic standards here.