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Maryland Attorney General Investigates Abortionist Linked in Woman’s Death

Posted on | February 12, 2013 | 10 Comments

Steve Ertelt at Life News reports:

Following a new probe started by local officials, the Maryland Attorney General has opened an investigation into the late-term abortion practitioner who killed a woman last week in a botched abortion.
The Maryland Attorney General’s office is not specifically looking into the death of 29-year-old woman from a botched 33-week abortion last week. The woman has been identified as 29-year-old Jennifer McKenna Morbelli, of New Rochelle, New York.
Instead, the office notified the Maryland Coalition for Life and Operation Rescue that is has late-term abortion practitioner LeRoy Carhart and Germantown Reproductive Health Services under an active criminal investigation for illegal dumping, based on complaints made by both groups last year. This investigation is separate to ongoing investigations into Morbelli’s death, OR informed LifeNews today, that are currently underway by the State Medical Examiner, the Montgomery Police Department, and the state’s Office of Health Care Quality.

So . . . illegally dumping, the Attorney General might prosecute as a crime. Botching an abortion and killing a woman, not so much.

Whatever. Pro-lifers learn to be grateful for any minor official attention to the shoddy practices of abortionists. More headlines at Life News:

Meanwhile, the media embargo crumbles further with this report from Sylvia Carignan in the Montgomery County, Maryland, Gazette:

The state medical examiner is investigating the death of a New York woman who sought a late-term abortion from a controversial Germantown clinic.
Jennifer McKenna Morbelli, 29, was pronounced dead at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital on Feb. 7, according to Bruce Goldfarb, spokesperson for the chief medical examiner.
The Maryland Coalition for Life pinned her death on Dr. LeRoy Carhart, a Nebraska-based physician who began performing abortions at the Germantown Reproductive Health Services clinic in 2010. . . .

Read the whole thing. Meanwhile, there is this press release quoting Cheryl Sullenger, senior policy advisor for Operation Rescue:

“For years we have documented Carhart’s abortion abuses. This time we pray authorities will quickly act before he has the opportunity to kill again,” said Sullenger. . . .
Sullenger continued, “The tragic death of Mrs. Morbelli from a botched 33-week abortion may be the catalyst that will finally bring Carhart to justice. It’s too bad that a woman had to die before authorities would sit up and take notice.”

Bob Belvedere has a round-up on the Jennifer Morbelli story: “Butchery In Germantown.” I’m worried butchers may sue Bob for libel.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003232872834 Becca Lower

    If the butchers do sue him, maybe Bob Belvedere could hire Aaron Walker.

  • http://twitter.com/ThatChristyChic Christy Waters

    This is all just a dog and pony show, and Carhart will be allowed to continue with business as usual. I hope I’m wrong.

  • DaveO

    Maryland under O’Malley in 2013 is like Baghdad under Hussein in 2002. A very safe haven for murderers.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    Haw.

  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Adjoran

    No matter how good an AG is – and I seriously doubt Maryland’s is above the low standard for everything else in the state – he can’t prosecute people for acts which aren’t crimes in the state. “Late term” abortion is a legal if risky procedure in Maryland, and people die from risky medical procedures all the time.

    Come to think of it, people die from routine procedures all the time, too, all across the country, without having prosecutions initiated.

    If you’re looking for villains, try the legislature – or the medical board that granted this quack a license in the state, knowing his record.

  • SDN

    Does the term “negligent homicide from reckless indifference” wake any echoes in your skull?

  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Adjoran

    News flash: “Law & Order” ain’t real.

  • Quartermaster

    Neglegent homicide, however, is a real charge. It won’t be applied in this case because the Dimocrats are simply the New National Socialist Party.

  • SDN

    News flash: State of Tennesee among others thinks it’s quite real. Maryland’s statute didn’t show up in the first page of Google results.

    Any person who commits
    criminally negligent homicide is guilty of a crime.
    For you to find the defendant
    guilty of this offense, the state must have proven beyond a reasonable doubt
    the existence of the following essential elements:1
    (1) that the defendant’s
    conduct resulted in the death of the alleged victim; and
    (2) that the defendant
    acted with criminal negligence.
    “Criminal negligence” means
    that a person acts with criminal negligence when the person ought to be aware
    of a substantial and unjustifiable risk that the alleged victim will be killed.
    The risk must be of such a nature and degree that the failure to perceive
    it constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care that an ordinary
    person would exercise under all the circumstances as viewed from the accused person’s standpoint.2

    Google is your friend

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