Maryland Board Declines to Punish Abortionist Following Investigation Into Death of Mother, Baby


forceps pdGERMANTOWN -- A notorious late-term abortionist will not be punished for the death of a 29-year-old mother and her 33-week-old baby following an investigation by the Maryland Board of Physicians.

As previously reported, Jennifer McKenna Morbelli of New Rochelle, New York died this past February following complications from a botched abortion. Morbelli was pregnant with a baby girl that she named Madison Leigh.

According to sidewalk counselors outside of abortionist LeRoy Carhart’s Germantown Reproductive Health Center in Maryland, Morbelli had traveled to the abortion facility the previous weekend for a late-term abortion. The woman had been informed that her 8-month-old daughter suffered from fetal anomalies, and opted to end the child’s life. She traveled from New York to Maryland to have the procedure performed, with members of her family accompanying her.

“They began the abortion process on Sunday, February 3, in the afternoon, according to sidewalk counselors who maintain a constant presence at the clinic when it is open. They noted Jennifer appeared ‘very’ late-term,” pro-life blogger Jill Stanek reported following the incident. “According to those counselors, Sunday is when Carhart kills late-term babies by lethal injection into the heart through the mothers’ abdominal wall.”

“Jennifer and her family returned on Monday, presumably to begin the labor induction process by insertion of laminaria or prostaglandins to dilate the cervix, and again on Tuesday. They presumably spent each night at a nearby hotel, as is the usual process for a multi-day, late-term abortion at Carhart’s Germantown clinic,” she continued. “The family returned again on Wednesday, presumably for the delivery of Jennifer’s dead baby Madison, staying nine hours, an extraordinary length of time.”

However, Thursday morning, Morbelli began complaining of chest pains and other discomfort. Family members attempted to contact Carhart, but were unsuccessful in reaching him. They drove Morbelli to the hospital, where it was found that she was suffering from massive internal bleeding.

While at the hospital, attempts were again made to contact Carhart, but he could not be reached. Morbelli went code blue six times, and was pronounced dead at approximately 10:00 a.m. It was during this time that Carhart called, but never arrived at the hospital.

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An autopsy later revealed that Morbelli died “due to or as a consequence of Amniotic Fluid Embolism following Medical Termination of Pregnancy,” or the existence of amniotic fluid in her bloodstream, which resulted in clotting.

The Maryland Board of Physicians agreed to investigate the matter after a complaint was filed by the prominent pro-life organization Operation Rescue. Carhart has confirmed to reporters that he received a letter this week from the Board, which advised that the case will be closed without penalty.

“The Board’s review included your response, patient medical records and other materials contained in the Board record,” the letter reads, according to a copy obtained by the Washington Post. “Based on this review, the Board has decided to close this matter without further action. Since the Board has closed this matter, it does not consider any action pending against you.”

While Carhart told reporters that he thinks about Morbelli’s death every day and that the situation has been “hard” for him, Operation Rescue said that it is disappointed that the Board chose not to act.

“We are horrified at the decision of the Maryland Board of Physicians to let Carhart get away scot-free with Morbelli’s death,” President Troy Newman commented following word of the decision. “The Board has failed in their duty to protect women from Carhart’s dangerous abortion practices that have take the lives of two women, including that of Christin Gilbert in 2005. All the Board has done is ensure that Carhart will kill again.”

Carhart had also been captured on video earlier this year in an undercover investigation, where he likened the lifeless and “mushy” bodies of aborted babies to “meat in a crock pot.”

“So, what makes the baby ‘mushy?’” the undercover investigator from Live Action asked. “The fact that it’s not alive for 2 to 3 days,” Carhart responded.

“Oh, so I’ll have a dead baby in me?” the woman inquired. “For three days, yeah,” Carhart said.

“Will it start to decay or something?” the woman asked. “No,” Carhart said. “It’s like putting meat in a crock pot. Okay? It doesn’t get broken. It gets softer. It doesn’t get infected.”

“Okay, so the dead baby in me is like meat in a crock pot,” the woman repeated. “Pretty much,” Carhart replied. “Kinda much.”

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