BALTIMORE, February 20, 2013, (Operation Rescue) – The chief medical examiner’s office has released the cause and manner of death for Jennifer Morbelli, the 29-year old kindergarten teacher who died after receiving a 33-week abortion by LeRoy Carhart.

The medical examiner has listed two causes of death. The first cause listed is an “amniotic fluid embolism following termination of pregnancy.” That means amniotic fluid surrounding the pre-born baby entered the patient’s bloodstream, causing a life-threatening condition.


The second cause of death was listed as “disseminated intravascular coagulation,” or DIC, a condition where small blood clots form and absorb the clotting agents in the blood to the point where profuse bleeding can occur.

The DIC determination is consistent with information provided by a confidential source that Morbelli suffered profuse internal bleeding and hematocrit levels that were “incompatible with life.”

The medical examiner listed the manner of death for Morbelli as “natural.” Other options for manner of death in Maryland are “accidental,” “homicide” and “suicide.” Natural manner of death would not exclude medical malpractice.

The Montgomery County Police Department has opened an investigation into Morbelli’s abortion-related death. According to, police are waiting for the full autopsy report to make any final decisions concerning their investigation.

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“There can be no doubt now that Jennifer died an avoidable death from abortion complications at the hands of LeRoy Carhart. This is a now case of malpractice and negligence,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We will be announcing our full response to this new information soon.”

This story originally appeared on Operation Rescue and is reprinted with permission.


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