Pro-life activists are taking action on the case of a 29-year-old woman who died last week after having a late-term abortion in Maryland.
Jennifer McKenna Morbelli, 29, was from New York, but traveled to Maryland to have the procedure performed after she learned her baby had abnormalities.
On Monday, more than 150 pro-lifers gathered around the clinic where the abortion was performed. They are accusing Dr. LeRoy Carhart of killing Morbelli and want his license taken away.
“We will not rest until this clinic is shut down and the license of LeRoy Carhart is revoked. God let it be so,” Rev. Patrick Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, said.
Morbelli was 33 weeks into her pregnancy when she learned that the fetus had developed abnormalities.
The procedure was long, and consisted of multiple days. After it was performed, she suffered from a ruptured uterus and died of massive internal bleeding.
She and her husband were staying at a hotel while she was treated, and it wasn’t until the fourth day after the procedure that she start complaining of chest pains and other problems.
On Thursday, she was rushed to the hospital, where doctors found she was bleeding into her abdominal cavity.
The couple had planned to have the baby before they learned it had abnormalities, as they created an online gift registry and said they were going to name her Madison Leigh.
Morbelli’s obituary said she graduated from the University of Delaware where she met her husband TJ. She was a kindergarten teacher at Preschool Learning Center in New Rochelle and then taught at Church Street Elementary.
It is not clear what type of abnormalities the baby had, and a complete review of her autopsy could take more than a month.
“It is so tragic that this family had to lose not only their nearly full-term child, but also their wife, daughter, and sister,” said Michael Martelli, executive director of the Maryland Coalition for Life.
The doctor who performed the abortion, Dr. Cathart, is one of four physicians in the country who openly perform the risky procedure. He has been targeted by pro-life activists ever since a patient of his died in 2005.
They have picketed his clinic for the past three years and have attempted to talk to Cathart’s patients as they leave.
One pro-life activist claims she spoke to Morbelli before she had the procedure and attempted to convince her not to go through with it.