GERMANTOWN, February 12, 2013 (LifeSiteNews) – The Germantown late-term abortion facility where LeRoy Carhart is believed to have performed the botched 33-week abortion that may have killed Jennifer Leigh Morbelli and her unborn daughter Madison last week is under investigation by Montgomery County police and the Maryland Office of Health Care Quality.
According the Maryland Coalition for Life and Operation Rescue, Morbelli, 29, a kindergarten teacher from White Plains, NY, arrived February 3 seeking an abortion at Carhart’s clinic. Morbelli had recently been told her child suffered from an unspecified medical condition, and a multi-day abortion procedure was started.
Exactly what happened next is still unclear, but Morbelli was rushed to Shady Grove Hospital on the morning of February 7 and died shortly thereafter. While the medical examiner has yet to formally announce the cause of death, it is believed she died from massive internal bleeding as the result of the late-term abortion.
Efforts by family and hospital staff to reach Carhart while Morbelli's condition worsened were reportedly unsuccessful. An Operation Rescue spokesperson believes that may have contributed to her death.
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The Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has autopsied Morbelli’s body, but officials say a complete review could take more than a month.
Tricia Nay, the medical director of Maryland’s Office of Health Care Quality, confirmed that her office is looking into the matter. “We are aware of this incident, and we do have an ongoing investigation,” said Nay.
The probe into Morbelli’s death comes as the controversial abortion facility is also under investigation by the Maryland Attorney General’s office for charges of illegal dumping of biohazardous waste – possibly including the remains of aborted infants – and private patient information.