A 10 AM service was held this morning at New York’s Holy Name of Jesus Church for 29 year-old Kindergarten teacher Jennifer McKenna Morbelli. ViralRead was on the scene.
Morbelli died Thursday at Shady Grove Hospital in suburban Montgomery County, Md., after undergoing a late-term abortion performed by Dr. LeRoy Carhart at the Germantown Reproductive Health clinic. Pro-life organizations including Operation Rescue have reported that Morbelli arrived at the clinic late Sunday, Feb. 3, and returned to the clinic for the next three days, including a nine-hour visit on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Morbelli was reportedly rushed to the hospital early Thursday morning and died hours later after suffering “massive internal bleeding,” Operation Rescue reported.
In a humble eulogy, Morbelli’s sister Kristin remembered how wonderful her sister was; how she always was ‘sticking up for her’ in ways no one else would. ViralRead’s New York City based correspondent reported that in the view of her family, Morbelli had accomplished more in 29 years than most do in a lifetime. In her mother’s stead, Kristin read a letter from her mother and father to Morbelli, a feat incomprehensible to anyone who has never laid a loved one to rest. Roughly 150 mourners were present for the services.
The priest who presided over the services delivered a consoling homily in which he remembered his favorite childhood nursery rhyme, Humpty Dumpty. He stated that much like Humpty Dumpty, God will put both Jennifer and her unborn child, Madison Leigh, back together again.
A kindergarten teacher at Church Street Elementary in White Plains, N.Y., Morbelli was married and her pregnancy had been planned; she even named the unborn child Madison Leigh. However, as reported by Jill Stanek, a prenatal test about two weeks ago found “fetal abnormalities” and the decision was made to seek an abortion. Morbelli was 33 weeks pregnant and Carhart’s Maryland clinic is one of the few sites that perform such late-term abortions.
State and local officials in Maryland are investigating Morbelli’s death, and Tuesday the state attorney general’s office announced a separate investigation of previous complaints of illegal dumping at the Germantown Reproductive Health clinic. Life News is now reporting that the doctor in question is facing legal action.
Carhart’s abortion practice has long been the subject of controversy. In 2005, one of Carhart’s patients, 19-year-old Christin Gilbert, died after a late-term abortion he performed in Kansas. A Nebraska resident, Carhart was the plaintiff in two abortion-related cases that reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Carhart was also featured in the documentary After Tiller, about his associate Dr. George Tiller, who was assassinated in 2009. Pro-life organizations have protested repeatedly at Carhart’s clinic in Germantown, Md., about 20 miles outside Washington, D.C.
Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue said in a statement Tuesday: “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. … 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.”
Most major news organizations have refused to cover the death of Jennifer Morbelli. TheWashington Post has published two articles about the case, a 350-word piece Sunday and a longer article in Tuesday’s edition about a press conference pro-life groups held near the Germantown clinic. The case has also been reported by the Journal News in Westchester County, N.Y., the Gazette in Montgomery County, Md., and the Omaha World-Herald in Nebraska.
However, Morbelli’s death has not yet been reported by the New York Times, USA Today, network news channels or the cable news networks for that matter.
“How could any news editor look at the death of Jennifer Morbelli and say, ‘That’s not a story’?” veteran journalist Robert Stacy McCain wrote Tuesday. “This is not merely news, it’s got enough of a human-interest angle to deserve at least a two-hour network special or a magazine cover story.”