UPDATED: Victim identified; WaPo covered report of 33-week abortion-related death at Maryland clinic

UPDATE: Via LifeNews, Jill Stanek reports the following

Carhart’s alleged victims were 29-year-old Jennifer McKenna Morbelli, pictured right, and her 33-week-old preborn daughter, Madison Leigh.


I have confirmed the identities of the victims through two sources. After a name ID was received from an impeccable informant, sidewalk counselors at the abortion clinic positively identified Jennifer’s obituary photo. Jennifer’s obituary also states she “passed away suddenly.”


Jennifer was married and a kindergarten teacher at Church Street Elementary School in White Plains, New York. Jennifer was carrying a wanted baby. At present her registry is still online. Very sad to view.

Approximately two weeks ago Jennifer learned her daughter suffered from fetal anomalies.
Jennifer, her husband, her parents, and her sister traveled to Carhart’s late-term Germantown Reproductive Health Services abortion clinic in Germantown, Maryland.

They began the abortion process on Sunday, February 3, in the afternoon, according to sidewalk counselors who maintain a constant presence at the clinic when it is open. They noted Jennifer appeared “very” late-term.

Be sure to read all the details, including her obituary, at Jill Stanek’s site. If you really want to be saddened even more, look at the baby registry that’s still online.

Original Post:
Washington Post logoThis story has finally been reported on by the mainstream media (MSM) now that The Washington Post has run the story excerpted below. The Other McCain previously noted the news blackout. The only sources reporting on it before were pro-life groups and news sites.

I found it sadly ironic that this happened in Germantown the same day I attended Michael Schwartz‘s funeral there. In fact, the late-term abortion facility is right around the corner (a 3-minute drive) from the Church where the funeral took place. There is going to be a prayer vigil and memorial service tomorrow on Wisteria Lane outside the office park where the facility is located.

Carhart has a pretty bloody track record performing late-term abortions and,  as noted below, he reportedly lied on his application with Maryland officials to operate here. More on Carhart’s “reign of terror” can be found here.

Some of the details:

Allegations include unlicensed workers illegally performing medical tasks, illegal post-viability abortions, drug  violations, financial malfeasance, and that there was often dried blood on medical instruments. They indicated that Carhart had poor personal hygiene and rarely washed his hands between patients.

Maryland recently ranked 43rd in pro-life laws in a ranking by a pro-life legal group (full disclosure: my full-time employer.)

 Information on Maryland’s laws:

Maryland provides virtually no protection for women and minors seeking abortion.  It does not have an informed consent law, and its parental notice law contains a loophole that eviscerates the protection this requirement typically provides.  It also allows and funds destructive embryo research.

Some other notable facts about Maryland law include: a Freedom of Choice Act which would ensure legal abortion with little restriction even after a possible overturning of Roe v. Wade, taxpayer funded abortions for women on public assistance, and no requirement for physicians to provide appropriate medical care to an infant who survives an abortion.

Another clinic in Elkton botched an abortion for a woman from out-of-state in recent years as well. Do we really want Maryland to become a go-to destination for women seeking third trimester abortions?

The Washington Post:

The Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the Montgomery County Police Department are investigating the death of a woman who died at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital on Thursday — days after she was believed to have started an abortion procedure at a controversial clinic in Germantown.

The facility has become a touchstone for the abortion debate nationwide. Those who oppose abortion have launched regular demonstrations near the facility, saying its leader, Dr. LeRoy Carhart, regularly performs late-term and dangerous abortions.


In this case, the 29-year-old woman, who has not been identified, died Thursday after being taken to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, according to local and state officials.

The circumstances that led to her death are unclear. Carhart and clinic officials could not be reached. A woman who answered a phone number connected with him said he wasn’t available to comment.


At this point, there is no indication of any criminal activity in this case,” said Capt. Paul Starks, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Police Department.

Anti-abortion advocates have planned a Monday demonstration near the clinic, according to organizers, who allege that the woman arrived at the clinic Sunday night to begin a multiple-day procedure. Protesters say she stayed at a hotel at night.

On Thursday morning, they allege, she experienced shortness of breath and intense pain and went to the Shady Grove emergency room, where she died a short time later.

More on the allegations

The woman, who came for a third trimester abortion from out-of-state, arrived at GRHC on Sunday and was seen by pro-life activists every day through Wednesday. Witnesses said she appeared “pale and weak.”

Early Thursday morning, the woman began suffering chest pain and other discomforts. Her attempts to reach Carhart were unsuccessful. The woman was taken by her family from her hotel to a nearby hospital emergency room at approximately 5:00 a.m. Efforts by hospital staff to contact Carhart or get informational assistance from the abortion clinic were unsuccessful.

The patient suffered massive internal bleeding into her abdominal cavity. She slipped into a Code Blue condition approximately six times before finally succumbing to her injuries at around 9:30 a.m. The case has been placed with the Medical Examiner for further investigation.

More information on LeRoy Carhart

Late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart is under a full investigation by the Maryland Board of Physicians based on a complaint filed by one of its staff members.

In a letter dated April 1, 2011, the Maryland Board of Physicians confirmed the investigation to Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue, who filed the complaint.

On April 19, 2011, Sullenger was placed under oath and interviewed by an investigator and Board attorney concerning information she provided.

Allegations in the complaint include:
Carhart misrepresented his practice on his Maryland medical license application when he indicated he was an emergency room physician and university professor. In reality, Carhart has not had an affiliation with a hospital since 1987, and was stripped of any formal duties with the University of Nebraska in the late 1990s.

Carhart’s Maryland application omits his decades of job history as owner and abortionist at the Abortion and Contraceptive Clinic in Bellevue, Nebraska, and 12 years of employment at Women’s Health Care Services in Wichita, Kansas, where he specialized in late-term abortions.

Carhart conducts risky late-term abortions in Maryland without hospital privileges.

Carhart has a history of involvement in multiple botched late-term abortions during his employment in Kansas, including the third trimester death of 19-year old Christin Gilbert.
Carhart also remains under criminal investigation by the Nebraska Attorney General’s office based on a complaint filed by Operation Rescue and local pro-life groups that contained several affidavits from former Carhart employees making allegations of illegal activity at his Bellevue, Nebraska, clinic.

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  1. I want to plaster this story everywhere I can. Unfortunately, it took me quite a bit of searching just to find this acct of the tragedy. WSJ’s version is an absolute joke. What’s sad is that I live 20 minutes from where this began & only knew about it from a misinformed friend…at my baby shower. Even the local news is ignoring it. So sad.