War on Women? What about the Woman Who Died From an Abortion?

Opinion   |   Tony Perkins   |   Feb 12, 2013   |   11:20AM   |   Washington, DC

While liberals drone on about a “war on women,” the real one is happening right under their noses.

Late last week, the world lost a bright 29-year-old kindergarten teacher to an abortion industry making millions on the lies of “choice.” Jennifer Morbelli was expecting a little girl, but after some fetal abnormalities were detected, she and her husband decided to abort their daughter in the eighth month of the pregnancy. Since only a handful of clinics still perform gruesome late-term abortions, Jennifer had to travel from New York to the office of the infamous LeRoy Carhart (George Tiller’s heir apparent) in Germantown, Maryland. It was the last trip she and her unborn daughter would ever make.

Jennifer returned to the clinic a couple days later in serious pain. When Carhart (left) “couldn’t be reached” to help, she was taken to a local hospital where she coded six times and then died. Tragically, Jennifer isn’t Carhart’s first victim. “The Abortion Evangelist,” as Newsweek calls him, botched the abortion of Christin Gilbert in 2005 and another woman, whose screams are heard in the background of this horrific 911 call last year.

In a stunning irony, Michael Martelli, the Executive Director of the Maryland Coalition for Life, points out that on the day of Jennifer’s death, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene posted on their website that they “issued a license to Carhart’s clinic to perform abortions–without a single inspection of the facility.”

“What is most appalling,” Martelli said, “is that the State of Maryland refused to hear the pleas of this community, and has allowed this man to continue to butcher women and children.” Instead, the state turned a blind eye to a barbaric procedure that dismembers unborn children and endangers women’s lives. Yet with the exception of a small blurb in Washington Post‘s metro section, no one seems to notice that this kind of negligence kills.



Today, FRC’s Anna Higgins joined an emotional prayer vigil for Jennifer’s family and spoke at a press conference about the senselessness of the tragedy.

“As we have seen over and over again in states like Pennsylvania, Arizona, Maryland and Kansas, abortion facilities and procedures remain unsanitary and unsafe. Another botched abortion at an Elkton, Maryland clinic in 2010 resulted in a woman suffering serious internal injuries and led Maryland, one of the most abortion-friendly states in the country, to quietly enact stricter abortion facility regulations in July of 2012. We urge the state of Maryland to follow through on enforcement of regulations like clinic inspections which could potentially save lives. The protection of women and children, not the convenience of clinic owners and operators, should be of paramount importance to the state of Maryland. [Jennifer’s death] could have been prevented had abortion been more tightly regulated in this state.”

LifeNews Note: Tony Perkins is the president of the Family Research Council.