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Carhart Victim Identified: N.Y. Woman Sought Abortion for ‘Fetal Abnormalities’

Posted on | February 11, 2013 | 62 Comments

Jennifer McKenna Morelli with her future husband in 2008

Oh, this is heartbreaking: Jill Stanek reports that the woman who died at Dr. LeRoy Carhart’s Maryland clinic was a 29-year-old kindergarten teacher. Jennifer McKenna Morbelli of New Rochelle, N.Y., taught at Church Street Elementary in White Plains. She was married, and this was a wanted pregnancy — she had already named her daughter Madison Leigh — but about two weeks ago, “Jennifer learned her daughter suffered from fetal anomalies.”

Need more heartbreaking cruelty? Morbelli’s obituary states:

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday 10am at Holy Name of Jesus in New Rochelle.

Yes — she was Catholic.

New York Times to stop ignoring this story in 3, 2, 1 . . .

UPDATE: Remember that there was originally a complete news blackout of this woman’s death in the mainstream media. Despite the fact that it occurred Thursday in the Montgomery County suburbs of D.C. — and was the subject of a Friday press conference by pro-life groups — the Washington Post‘s first coverage of the story was limited to a 350-word item inside Sunday’s Metro section.

UPDATE II: The victim’s June 2008 engagement was announced in the Morris (N.J.) News-Bee:

Lisa and Kevin McKenna of New Rochelle, N.Y., announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer McKenna, to Timothy James Morbelli, son of Kathryn and Mario Morbelli of Morris Plains, formerly of Randolph Township.
The future bride graduated from New Rochelle High School and the University of Delaware. She is a kindergarten teacher.
Her fiancé is a graduate of Randolph High School and the University of Delaware, Newark. He is attending the New York University Stern School of Business, pursuing a master’s degree. He is a risk and P&L credit derivative analyst with Credit Suisse in New York City.
A June 2009 wedding in Newport, R.I., is planned.

And now, a February 2013 funeral is planned. Her husband, family and friends ought to be remembered in everyone’s prayers.

UPDATE III: Jeff Quinton points out that Maryland’s Democratic governor has made the state a haven for Carhart’s deadly practice:

The question must be asked: Is the administration of Governor Martin O’Malley partly responsible for her death? . ..
Under Governor Martin O’Malley, Carhart was granted a license to perform abortions in Maryland despite his track record and despite lies on his application to the medical board . . .

Bob Belvedere calls Carhart “The Germantown Butcher,” and Pete Da Tech Guy says that “late-term abortionist” is the perfect career for those who finish last in their class at medical school.

UPDATE IV: The bland phrase “late-term abortion” does not adequately capture the gruesomeness of these atrocities, which are legal in only four nations: China, North Korea, Canada and the United State. Jennifer Borelli was in her 33rd week of pregnancy — that is to say, eight months pregnant, and just six weeks from full term — and Steven Ertelt’s report gives some idea of the horrible multi-day ordeal necessary to terminate a pregnancy at that late stage:

According to information the pro-life group Operation Rescue released to LifeNews on Friday, the then-unnamed woman arrived at Germantown Reproductive Health Center on Sunday to start the abortion process. Local pro-life advocates protesting outside saw her every day until [Thursday], and described her as appearing “pale and weak.”
Early Thursday morning, the woman began suffering chest pain and other discomforts, the group informed LifeNews. 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.
Operation Rescue says the abortion 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.

This is legal. The state of Maryland gave Dr. Carhart a license to do this. Federal law provides special protections to such clinics against protests.

How do these “pro-choice” people sleep at night?

UPDATE V: Operation Rescue reports:

Efforts by family and hospital staff to reach Carhart when Mrs. Morbelli’s condition worsened were unsuccessful and [Carhart’s unavailability] may have contributed to her death.
“This is a case of not only shoddy practices, but patient abandonment that we believe rises to the level of criminal conduct,” said [Operation Rescue president Troy] Newman. “We will press for criminal charges in this case, in addition to Board discipline.”
In 2005, another Carhart patient, 19-year old Christin Gilbert, also died from the risky late-term abortion procedure employed by Carhart and other third trimester abortionists across the nation. Operation Rescue has documented nearly a dozen additional serious complications over the past three years related to this same procedure, raising serious questions about its safety.
“We urge the immediate passage of laws at the state level banning late-term abortions in order to protect other women and their viable babies from unnecessary injury and death,” said Newman.

Just FYI, the hospital where Jennifer Morbelli died is the same hospital where my three youngest children were born.






  • LeiaOrganaSolo

    I agree Remomny.

    The McKenna girls and my boys went all through school together and shared the same groups of friends. All good, smart, grounded kids – no drugs, no drinking. My heart breaks for Lisa, Kevin, Krissy, her brother Kevin and Jennifer’s dear husband.

    It saddens me to read so many negative opinions from people who are clueless to who the McKenna’s are and the true details of Jennifer’s pregnancy.

    Instead of standing in judgment, please pray for the family who is burying a daughter, sister, wife, grand-daughter and niece today.

  • Marty

    Carhart is a terrible doctor. Anyone who knows his medical rep here in Bellevue, Ne knows that. Someone needs to yank his license before he aborts any more adults.

  • Chris Zeb

    she got what she deserved. The bible says you take someone’s life you will pay for it with your own.

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  • Clever

    I do not think abortion is wrong when the baby is only a month or two. The brain is not developed yet. I think it’s wrong further along. However, I don’t think it’s wrong if the baby’s quality of life will be at risk. Then that is a decision that the parents should make. I do think that this Cahart guy is a murderer. Does he even find anything out and counsel these women? He works in a run down building and then disappears. That is disgraceful. He does not have a counter-part who assists when he’s gone. He does not have educated staff. In fact, one article points out that his nurse is not really licensed to be a nurse and that there is nothing nor anyone in his “clinic” to help out emergency situations. That is disgraceful. I don’t care if you are for or against abortion. The issue is that this man is running a “fly-by-night” operation and should be shut down.

  • Jen

    It is tragic! However, she chose to have her baby die.

  • Jen

    Tragically as it may sound, I am sure she signed consent forms indicating the risks involved in this procedure. She knew what she was doing and knew the risks. It is a heartbreaking story.

  • Nancy

    Meanwhile, “pro-life” nuts went and stomped on this poor woman’s grave. Stay klassy, guys.

  • Guest

    That may be why you’re one of the few people on here who aren’t making me puke 🙂 Atheists and agnostics are fine too, though.

  • Nancy

    To these people that just means you’re even more messed up, then 🙂

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