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Group Wants License Yanked of Doc Who Killed Women in 33-Week Abortion

by Steven Ertelt | Germantown, MD | LifeNews.com | 2/21/13 12:20 PM

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One day after the medical examiner’s office confirmed a botched 33-week abortion killed a young woman earlier this month, a pro-life group has filed a complaint with the state medical board.

Jennifer McKenna Morbelli, a 29-year-old woman from New Rochelle, New York died from a botched 33-week abortion on February 7.

Operation Rescue has filed a formal complaint with the Maryland Board of Physicians against the medical license of late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart in the death of Jennifer Morbelli, a 29-year old kindergarten teacher who died from complications to a 33-week abortion he allegedly performed on her and her unborn baby.

In an email to LifeNews, the pro-life group said it is asking for an immediate emergency suspension of his Maryland Medical License until his disciplinary case can be fully adjudicated and his license permanently revoked.

“The complaint provides a detailed timeline of events surrounding Carhart’s patient’s abortion at Germantown Reproductive Health Services, which began on February 3, 2013, through her death on February 7 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, Maryland, based on eye witness reports from several sources,” the pro-life organization told LifeNews. “The complaint documents 13 violations of the Maryland Medical Practice Act and one violation of a criminal statute related to Second Degree Murder.

Operation Rescue alleges Carhart was negligent in failing to diagnose Morbelli’s condition then abandoning her before she was stabilized by leaving the state on Wednesday afternoon on February 6 just hours before his suffering patient was rushed to the hospital where she later died. Efforts by family and hospital staff to contact Carhart were unsuccessful.

The complaint also alleges that Carhart improperly performed the risky 33-week abortion in a outpatient clinic “without adequate emergency facilities to properly handle known complications and medical emergencies.” Also at issue is the lack of monitoring of his patient while prescribing her powerful uterine contracting drugs, the group said.

“This is a case of neglect and malpractice. Carhart was more concerned about catching his plane than caring for his patient, whose condition was deteriorating by the hour,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation. “We thought it necessary to initiate the investigative process as soon as possible before Carhart could kill again.”

Operation Rescue says pulling Carhart’s medical license is important because this is not the first woman he has killed in a failed legal abortion. Carhart was involved in the third-trimester abortion death of 19-year old Christin Gilbert in Kansas in 2005.

The group has been successful in yanking medical licenses in the past when abortion practitioners injure women.

An Operation Rescue complaint against one of Carhart’s former Kansas associates, Ann Kristin Neuhaus, resulted in her license revocation last year for incompetently using phony mental health excuses when referring 11 women for late-term abortions at a now-closed Wichita clinic where Carhart worked.

The chief medical examiner in Baltimore has confirmed Morbelli died when amniotic fluid seeped into her bloodstream, according to new entries on her death certificate. The entry lists “amniotic fluid embolism following termination of pregnancy” as one of two causes of death. The second is “disseminated intravascular coagulation,” a condition during which small blood cots form in blood vessels.

As LifeNews reported, papers uncovered in trash bins outside the abortion facility where a woman was killed in a botched late-term abortion are leading to questions about whether she was instructed to not go to a local emergency room after the failed abortion.

Following a new probe started by local officials, the Maryland Attorney General has opened an investigation into the late-term abortion practitioner who killed a Morbelli. The Maryland Attorney General’s office is not specifically looking into Morbelli’s deathbut it is looking at illegal dumping by the abortion clinic that could result in fines or other form of punishment.

Among the papers was a document instructing women not to go to the ER in the event of an emergency, but instead to “call and we will meet you at the clinic,” which is clearly dangerous medical advice. The number given in the instructions has now been connected to a business Carhart owns.

The Maryland Attorney General’s office notified the Maryland Coalition for Life and Operation Rescue that is has late-term abortion practitioner LeRoy Carhart and Germantown Reproductive Health Services under an active criminal investigation for illegal dumping, based on complaints made by both groups last year. This investigation is separate to ongoing investigations into Morbelli’s death, OR informed LifeNews, that are currently underway by the State Medical Examiner, the Montgomery Police Department, and the state’s Office of Health Care Quality.

David Williams of the Maryland Attorney General’s Environmental Crimes Unit contacted Janet Kotowski, a pro-life sidewalk counselor in Germantown, to notify her that an investigation was underway. Kotowski wrote a letter last November asking the agency to look into illegal dumping of biohazardous waste and private patient information at Germantown Reproductive Health Center in follow up to a complaint filed by Operation Rescue in July, 2012.

Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue also spoke with Williams yesterday and has agreed to turn over unedited video-taped evidence of the illegal dumping documented last year to aid in his investigation.

“This is a very serious criminal investigation,” Williams told Sullenger.

In July, 2012, Operation Rescue filed a formal complaint with the Environmental Crimes Unit and released edited video and photographic evidence that showed GRHS and Carhart engaged in the illegal dumping on a routine basis. Evidence included:

1. Documents containing private patient information concerning birth control prescriptions and abortion procedures, as well as copies of patient driver’s licenses.
2. Bloody refuse blood clots and possible human fetal remains.
3. Drug control violations.

“For years we have documented Carhart’s abortion abuses. This time we pray authorities will quickly act before he has the opportunity to kill again,” said Sullenger.

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Other incidents documented by Operation Rescue include the 2005 third-trimester abortion death of Christin Gilbert in Kansas, unsafe abortion practices reported by former Carhart employees in Nebraska, and the falsifying of information to gain licensure in Maryland.

Sullenger continued, “The tragic death of Mrs. Morbelli from a botched 33-week abortion may be the catalyst that will finally bring Carhart to justice. It’s too bad that a woman had to die before authorities would sit up and take notice.”

Morbelli died as the result of fatal complications suffered during an abortion at 33 weeks at the hand of late-term abortion practitioner LeRoy Carhart. The abortion took place at the Germantown Reproductive Health Center in Germantown, Maryland. Her 33-week-old preborn daughter, Madison Leigh, died in the failed legal abortion as well.

Morbelli arrived at Germantown Reproductive Health Center on February 3 to start the abortion process. Local pro-life advocates protesting outside saw her every day until yesterday, and described her as appearing “pale and weak.”