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Over 250 people gathered at Germantown Reproductive Health Services abortion clinic in Germantown, Maryland, this morning to demand justice for the death of 29-year-old Jennifer McKenna Morbelli (pictured right), who perished at the hand of late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart on February 7, along with her 33-week-old preborn baby, Madison Leigh.
As protesters gathered outside, Carhart carried on with his abortion business as usual inside.
ABC News and the Washington Post were among news outlets that attended the press conference/prayer vigil.
Representative from several organizations spoke, including Father Frank Pavone (pictured below) of Priests for Life, Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition, Day Gardner of the National Black Pro-Life Union, Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America, Mallory Quigley from the Susan B. Anthony List, Michael Mortelli of the Maryland Coalition for Life, Anna Higgins of Family Research Council, and Catherine Glenn Foster of Alliance Defending Freedom, as well as three local pastors.
The group made six demands:
1. That Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, where Jennifer died, file a formal complaint with the Maryland Board of Physicians. It would seem to me a pragmatic move, if nothing else, for the hospital to distance itself as far as possible from Carhart, since lawsuits in abundance should be anticipated.
2. That the Maryland Board of Physicians revoke Carhart’s license, which never should have been given in the first place, since he lied on his application.
3. That the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene close down the clinic during the investigations.
4. That building owner Todd Stave close down the clinic until investigations are complete, again, for pragmatic self-preservation purposes, if nothing else.
5. That the Executive Park Condo Association shut down the clinic until investigations are complete. The association has the ability to control what takes place inside its office park.
6. That the Maryland House and Senate each pass Pain Capable Fetal Protection bills that have already been submitted this legislative session. SB 456 and HB 1312 would ban abortions in Maryland past the point when preborn babies can feel pain, 20 weeks from fertilization. This law would have saved both baby Madison’s life as well as her mother’s.
See video of the press conference here.