No charges filed against abortionist LeRoy Carhart in death of woman who aborted at 33 weeks

By Dave Andrusko

Abortionist LeRoy Carhart

Abortionist LeRoy Carhart

Abortionist LeRoy Carhart, whose patient died in February following a third-trimester abortion, released a letter to the Washington Post this week in which the Maryland Board of Physicians wrote Carhart that it had closed its investigation into the death of 29-year-old Jennifer Morbelli without filing charges. This would appear to be the end of official inquiries into what happened to cause the tragic February 7 death of Morbelli who had aborted at 33 weeks.

The Post’s Lena H. Sun wrote today about the letter, dated October 10, in which “the board said its review of the incident included the doctor’s ‘response, patient medical records and other materials contained in the Board record.’

“The letter added, ‘Based on this review, the Board has decided to close this matter without further action. Since the Board has closed this matter, it does not consider any action pending against you.’”

Back in May, the Maryland Health Department found “no deficiencies” in the care provided at Carhart’s Germantown, Maryland, abortion clinic. However as part of a broader survey of all of the state’s 16 surgical abortion facilities, the health department did find a range of deficiencies at Carhart’s Germantown Reproductive Health Services abortion clinic. However “None of the problems presented an immediate and serious threat to the health and safety of patients, the department found,” Sun reported.

Jennifer Morbelli

Jennifer Morbelli

Morbelli’s first visit to Carhart’s abortion clinic came Sunday, February 3. (Abortions this late in pregnancy take place over several days.) Writing just two weeks after Mrs. Morbelli’s death, the Washington Post’s Dan Morse and Lena Sun reported

“In the days after Feb. 3, the woman returned to the clinic several times, an indication of a multi-day abortion procedure that involved inducing labor, abortion opponents have said. Complications arose, and on Feb. 7, she arrived at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, where state and local officials say she died that day.”

Morbelli’s death “again cast a national spotlight on a small clinic that opened inside a nondescript office park in Germantown a little more than two years ago,” Morse and Sun wrote at the time “The clinic’s leader, LeRoy Carhart, is one the few doctors nationwide who publicly acknowledges performing late-term abortions.”

When news of Morbelli’s death first broke, it was a reminder that Carhart had performed late abortions in Nebraska until 2010 when the state passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which has passed in ten states, bars abortions of babies capable of experiencing pain, established to be no later than 20 weeks.

Carhart still lives in Nebraska but flies into perform abortions at the Germantown, Maryland abortion clinic which is located about 30 miles north of Washington.

Morbelli was married and taught in New Rochelle, N.Y. She and her husband had already named their baby girl Madison Leigh.

In a remarkable statement released Tuesday, Carhart said, “I totally believe that we did everything as correctly as possible.” In his first direct comments, Carhart added, “It’s a horrendous thing for the family, and it’s hard for me. I think about it every day.”

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