EXCLUSIVE: Funeral Held for N.Y. Elementary Teacher Who Died After Abortion

Mourners gather to remember the life of Jennifer McKenna Morbelli, a Kindergarten teacher who died due to complications undergoing a late-term abortion.

Mourners gather to remember the life of Jennifer McKenna Morbelli, a Kindergarten teacher who died due to complications undergoing a late-term abortion.

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.

Tragic end: Jennifer McKenna Morbelli, pictured with her husband, TJ.

Tragic end: Jennifer McKenna Morbelli, pictured with her husband, TJ.

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 TimesUSA 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.”

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15 Comments

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  3. February 13, 2013  6:40 pm by susan Reply

    so, instead of waiting another three weeks and giving birth and putting it up for adoption she decides to kill it because of the result of some test? 33 weeks?! Do you know how many people are trying to get their babies to go that far into term and this stupid person dies as a result of her actions? I don't feel sorry for her at all-I fell sorry for the poor baby who absolutely felt pain. What a selfish decision! Parents are supposed to love their children unconditionally and because she was so selfish she put herself and a baby at risk and paid the ultimate price for both of them. Way to go mom! Absolutely disgusting

    • February 17, 2013  9:52 am by Gedda fan Reply

      Nathan - "and putting it up for adoption not " it" - Madison was the little GIRLS NAME ; we don't refer to males or females in the 3rd person singular i.e. as 'it [s]' AND I'd caution getting into the head of this obviously frightened , lost young mother. - none of us can judge her choice on what? moral decisions she was confronted with and obviously came down on the wrong side of the argumen ton .
      For you and I it is clear what she should have done. Stupid? perhaps, beyond anything you or i can imagine- not as smart as you ...... and since she professed to be Catholic, her actions invoke excommunication as the penalty, for her and those advising her-

      what incredible sadness i feel in writing this.... . how a 29 yr old 'Catholic' kindergarten teacher could come to the conclusions she did and act on them. What an evil, pagan nation we now live in. How merciful can the Christ be??. I just pray that Christ be a Jesus to me her, Madison and me when I die.

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  6. February 14, 2013  4:54 pm by Sharon Reply

    May God Bless little Madison the parents and family of Jennifer. I can feel no sorrow for Jennifer. Her act was sheer selfishness, we are never guaranteed a perfect baby. When our first child was born with multiple defects we accepted what God blessed us with and were thankful for the other three children he gave us. The doctors told us she would only live to be 2 well tomorrow she will celebrate her 42nd birthday and has out lived her father. God works in mysterious ways and I don’t know how I would have gotten along without her after my husbands death. My Grandmother told me after she was born, “God only gives his special children to people He knows can handle them”.

    • February 17, 2013  9:53 am by Gedda fan Reply

      and forive us .... as WE FORGIVE OTHERS.....

      • February 17, 2013  9:55 am by Gedda fan Reply

        i can spell " FORGIVE' - tears got in the way before the fat finger hit the send key..... sorry

  7. February 14, 2013  6:25 pm by Martuska Reply

    Such hypocrites! They have the nerve to speak of this precious defenseless baby girl Madison Leigh! Isn't it alittle too late? She was ripped piece by piece out of her mother's womb. What that child suffered no one will ever know. How could this woman do this to her child? She was almost ready to come into this pathetic world and maybe someone besides her perfect mommy and daddy would of loved her. She never had that chance because she wasn't going to be perfect.How pathetic..... But Karma is amazing! It took the perfect mommy too! The greatest balancer of all.... Karma!

    • March 18, 2013  4:02 am by Chelsea Reply

      You are going to hell you disgusting monster for speaking about someone's death as karma or deserved. Eat shit.

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  11. March 18, 2013  4:00 am by Chelsea Reply

    You all are absolutely disgusting human beings for ever speaking about another human being that you have never stepped a foot step in to make any judgement. This mother did not want to see her child suffer into this world. For anyone who thinks this is karma or joyful this horrible nitemare happen to do family will go to hell and are the definitions of evil monsters.

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