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Abortion death prompts complaint against Maryland doctor

A pro-life group has filed a formal complaint against Dr. LeRoy Carhart after authorities confirmed that a New York woman died of complications from a late-term abortion at his Maryland clinic.

"This is a case of neglect and malpractice. Carhart was more concerned about catching his plane than caring for his patient, whose condition was deteriorating by the hour," Operation Rescue President Troy Newman said Feb. 21.

"We thought it necessary to initiate the investigative process as soon as possible before Carhart could kill again."

Bruce Goldfarb, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Medical Examiner's Office, said Jennifer Morbelli, a New York schoolteacher, bled to death on Feb. 7 after amniotic fluid in her womb spilled into her bloodstream.

Morbelli, 29, was 33 weeks pregnant. She underwent the four-day abortion procedure because of a fetal abnormality, New York newspaper The Journal News reports. The abortion took place at Carhart's Germantown Reproductive Health Services in Germantown, Md.

Operation Rescue has filed a complaint with the Maryland Board of Physicians that charges that Carhart was negligent in failing to diagnose the woman's condition and in leaving the state the afternoon before she died. The complaint charges that the clinic lacked adequate emergency facilities to handle "known complications and medical emergencies."

The complaint said that Carhart did not adequately monitor his patient. It asks the state medical board to suspend Carhart's license until his case can be considered. Operation Rescue said it wants his license to be permanently revoked.

According to Operation Rescue, pro-life witnesses outside the abortion clinic saw Morbelli visit the clinic each day Feb. 3-6. She appeared "pale and weak."

The woman reportedly began suffering chest pain and other discomfort early in the morning of Feb. 7. She unsuccessfully tried to reach Carhart. Her family took her from a hotel to the hospital at about 5 a.m. She died about 9:30 a.m.

Hospital staff members treating Morbelli were also unable to contact Carhart or get assistance from his clinic, Operation Rescue said, citing an anonymous source.

The Montgomery County Police Department is conducting an investigation into the woman's death. Police are waiting for the full autopsy report before deciding how to proceed.

Carhart is one of the few doctors who performs late-term abortions in the U.S. He was a defendant in the U.S. Supreme Court case Gonzales v. Carhart, which resulted in the 2007 ruling that some legislative limits on partial-birth abortion are constitutional.

He was a colleague of the Kansas-based abortionist George Tiller, who was murdered at his church in May 2009.

Carhart was portrayed favorably in the documentary "After Tiller," which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

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