Story by Steven Ertelt at LifeNews.com
A pro-life group that has led the way in exposing the botched abortion that claimed the life of New York woman at a Maryland abortion clinic is considering filing a lawsuit against the abortion practitioner responsible.
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. However, it is looking at illegal dumping by the abortion clinic that could result in fines or other form of punishment.
Meanwhile, Operation Rescue’s senior policy adviser Cheryl Sullenger says a lawsuit is possible.
“We’re hoping the hospital will make a complaint to the Maryland Medical Board,”she said of the medical clinic where Morbelli died after the botched abortion forced her transportation there. “If it looks like they’re not acting, we will consider acting ourselves.”
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Sullenger was the complainant in a high-profile case against Dr. Shelly Sella of New Mexico, whose patient, also from New York, allegedly had to be rushed to a hospital after suffering a ruptured uterus during the controversial procedure. On Thursday, the New Mexico Medical Board exonerated Sella of gross negligence.In that case, the woman had sought the abortion after finding out the fetus had severe brain abnormalities.
Sullenger and Operation Rescue President Troy Newman said the Maryland case is more egregious, in large part because it resulted in Morbelli’s death. They also claimed the doctor in Maryland, LeRoy Carhart, left town shortly after completing the abortion last week and was not reachable when the woman needed emergency care.
“We are not casting any judgment on this young lady or her family,” Newman said. “Our problem is with the predator. LeRoy Carhart has killed before. We make it our business to track this man’s misdoings.”
The Maryland Attorney General’s 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.
According to Operation Rescue, yesterday morning, David Williams of the Maryland Attorney General’s Environmental Crimes Unit contacted Janet Kotowski, a pro-life sidewalk counselor in Germantown, to notify her that an investigation was underway. Kotowski wrote a letter last November asking the agency to look into illegal dumping of biohazardous waste and private patient information at Germantown Reproductive Health Center in follow up to a complaint filed by Operation Rescue in July, 2012.
Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue also spoke with Williams yesterday and has agreed to turn over unedited video-taped evidence of the illegal dumping documented last year to aid in his investigation.
“This is a very serious criminal investigation,” Williams told Sullenger.
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