The Maryland Board of Physicians is conducting a preliminary investigation of late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart for his treatment of Jennifer Morbelli, who died from complications to a 33-week abortion February 7, 2013. They have confirmed this in a letter to Operation Rescue.
The letter, dated March 1, 2013, was addressed to Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor for Operation Rescue who filed a formal complaint against Carhart to ensure that he was properly investigated since other agencies looking into the Morbelli death had no direct jurisdiction over Carhart’s medical license.
Sullenger alleges that Carhart showed negligence and unprofessional conduct when he abandoned his patient by leaving the state and not answering calls for help. Just hours after the abortion, Morbelli began to suffer shortness of breath and other symptoms of distress. Efforts made by the family and later the hospital to contact Carhart failed, causing a delay in emergency care.
Concerns have also been raised about the safety of the late-term abortion process itself since the surgical abortion process takes several days and requires patients to stay overnight in hotels without access to monitoring or emergency care even while experiencing active labor.
A previous complaint filed by Sullenger against Carhart resulted in a letter of admonishment being placed in his file by the MDBP after her allegations that he lied on his Maryland medical license application were found to have merit.
Sullenger was also a complainant in the disciplinary case against a Kansas associate of Carhart’s, Ann Kristin Neuhaus, that resulted in the revocation of Neuhaus’ Kansas medical license last year after it was determined that she regularly provided Carhart and others with illegitimate late-term abortion referrals based on phony mental health excuses.