Abortionist at Center of Maryland Abortion Death Also Licensed in Indiana
February 18, 2013
|On February 7, Jennifer McKenna Morbelli of New York allegedly died of abortion complications after undergoing a late-term abortion performed by LeRoy Carhart at his Germantown, Maryland, facility. Morbelli’s daughter, Madison Leigh, was 33-weeks along. Carhart’s abortion ties to Indiana span more than two decades.
Third-trimester abortions are a multi-day process. On the first day, the abortionist injects a lethal drug into the baby’s heart, causing death. On the remaining days, the mother prepares for labor to remove her now-deceased baby. Only four abortionists perform late-term abortions in the United States. Regularly, out-of-town mothers spend nights at a hotel and return to the abortion facility during the day. In this case, witnesses saw Morbelli grow paler and weaker each day she returned to Carhart’s facility.
Carhart is well-known for his willingness to perform late-term abortions. At the recent Sundance Film Festival, Carhart was featured as a “hero” in an abortion documentary. Carhart has also publically indicated his desire to advance his abortion business; in 2010, he said he would open facilities in Indianapolis and other cities around the country.
In 1992, Planned Parenthood of Indiana hired Carhart to perform abortions at its Bloomington location after searching for an abortionist for two years. After spending many years primarily doing abortions in Nebraska, Carhart returned to Indiana after his 2010 statement about advancing his abortion business. Carhart performs first trimester abortions at Affiliated Women’s Services in Indianapolis. Carhart’s Indiana license expires June 30, 2013.
“Indiana Right to Life is concerned about Carhart performing abortions in Indiana,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Reports about Morbelli’s death indicate that Carhart was unreachable when Morbelli started to experience chest pains and other deadly effects of her abortion. This disregard for a patient’s health and safety is alarming. We believe this woman’s death justifies the State of Indiana revoking Carhart’s abortion license until a full investigation is complete.”
The Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the Montgomery County Police Department are investigating Morbelli’s death.
“We understand Morbelli desired an abortion for her daughter because of recently discovered fetal abnormalities,” continued Fichter. “We want all pregnant mothers who receive the same news to know that a better outcome for both mother and child exists by bringing the baby to term with support of perinatal hospice and palliative care. We will continue to highlight these resources in Indiana.”
Indiana Right to Life’s mission is to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy and promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion.
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