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Operation Rescue Files Formal Complaint Against Carhart with MD Medical Board in Patient Death

Contact: Troy Newman, President, 316-841-1700; Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor, 316-516-3034, info.operationrescue@gmail.com; both with Operation Rescue/Pro-Life Nation 

BALTIMORE, Md., Feb. 21, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- Operation Rescue has filed a formal complaint with the Maryland Board of Physicians against the medical license of late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart in the death of Jennifer Morbelli, a 29-year old kindergarten teacher who died from complications to a 33-week abortion she received from Carhart.

Operation Rescue is asking for an immediate emergency suspension of his Maryland Medical License until his disciplinary case can be fully adjudicated and his license permanently revoked.

The complaint provides a detailed timeline of events surrounding Carhart's patient's abortion at Germantown Reproductive Health Services, which began on February 3, 2013, through her death on February 7 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, Maryland, based on eye witness reports from several sources.

The complaint documents 13 violations of the Maryland Medical Practice Act and one violation of a criminal statute related to Second Degree Murder.

Yesterday, the medical examiner's office confirmed that Morbelli's death was caused by complications to her abortion by Carhart.

Operation Rescue alleges that Carhart was negligent in failing to diagnose Morbelli's condition then abandoning her before she was stabilized by leaving the state on Wednesday afternoon on February 6 just hours before his suffering patient was rushed to the hospital where she later died. Efforts by family and hospital staff to contact Carhart were unsuccessful.

The complaint also alleges that Carhart improperly performed the risky 33-week abortion in a outpatient clinic "without adequate emergency facilities to properly handle known complications and medical emergencies." Also at issue is the lack of monitoring of his patient while prescribing her powerful uterine contracting drugs.

"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," said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation. "We thought it necessary to initiate the investigative process as soon as possible before Carhart could kill again."

Carhart was involved in the third-trimester abortion death of 19-year old Christin Gilbert in Kansas in 2005.

An Operation Rescue complaint against one of Carhart's former Kansas associates, Ann Kristin Neuhaus, resulted in her license revocation last year for incompetently using phony mental health excuses when referring 11 women for late-term abortions at a now-closed Wichita clinic where Carhart worked.

Read the Carhart complaint narrative

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