Medical Board Rejects 5,000 Complaints Over Abortion Doc Killing Woman

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 19, 2013   |   1:04PM   |   Baltimore, MD

A pro-life organization that collected 5,000 complaints about the late-term abortion practitioner who killed a woman recently in a 33-week legal abortion is upset that the state medical board has rejected the citizen complaints.

Jennifer McKenna Morbelli, a 29-year-old woman from New Rochelle, New York died from a botched 33-week abortion on February 7. The medical examiner’s office confirmed a botched 33-week abortion killed the young woman.

The Students for Life of America team spent hours printing off more than 5,000 citizen complaints to be delivered to the Maryland Board of Physicians. SFLA director Kirsten Hawkins wrote about the effort yesterday and tells LifeNews today that the medical board has no interest in them.

SFLA and RFL carried the boxes of letters up to the fourth floor of the office building where the Maryland Board of Physicians is located and told the woman at the front window that we had petitions to deliver.  She called someone else in the office, and a few minutes later, the Executive Director of the Maryland Board of Physicians, Carole Catalfo, and another woman came out to speak with us.

The two board staff members refused to take the 5,000 complaints!

Furthermore, they insisted that we could not leave them with them because they would not accept these complaints – regardless of the number – because they only accept official complaints like the one Operation Rescue filed here.  Our team tried to explain that these citizen complaint letters were in support of Operation Rescue’s official complaint, but they refused to accept them as they said that public opinion doesn’t matter.

Ms. Catalfo and her associate were dismissive and condescending, stating that it was very unlikely that 5,000 people knew the details of the situation. Instead, they suggested that these 5,000 concerned citizens were merely biased by the media.

This is entirely unacceptable. Our voices do matter and for Ms. Catalfo and the Maryland Board of Physicians – an organization which has received an award for “serving the public interest and protecting the health of Maryland’s citizens” – to say otherwise is wrong.

Hawkins is calling on pro-life advocates to contact the state agency and raise a stink.

“Call Maryland Board of Physicians Executive Director Carole Catalfo at 410-764-4780 today to show her that 5,000 people really do care and know the facts of the case – please use the official OR complaint for reference,” she said. “Then we will go back with double the boxes and personally deliver the complaints, dropping off box after box in the reception area of the office if we have to. We will not take NO! for an answer! Stay tuned for more updates! Let’s show the Maryland Board of Physicians that America is watching, and we expect justice for Jennifer and Madison!”