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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