Medical Examiner clarifies “fetal anomalies” not a cause of Carhart patient’s death


I spoke and corresponded by email with Maryland Medical Examiner spokesperson Bruce Goldfarb on February 22 and 23 to get clarification on puzzling statements ascribed to him by two news organizations last week regarding the February 7 death of Jennifer Morbelli, a patient of late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart

World Magazine, February 21:

The examiners’ office found Morbelli suffered from an “amniotic fluid embolism following a medical termination of pregnancy”….

That, in turn, led to a “disseminated intravascular coagulation”….

Goldfarb added that “fetal abnormalities” were responsible for the amniotic fluid embolism.

Washington Post, February 20:

The medical examiner listed three “causes of death.” One was “amniotic fluid embolism following a medical termination of pregnancy,” the complication involving amniotic fluid in the woman’s blood. Another was “disseminated intravascular coagulation,” a complication in which the body starts producing thousands of tiny blood clots, which have the counterintuitive effect of hampering the body’s ability to clot blood elsewhere. A third was “fetal abnormalities.”

… Bruce Goldfarb, a spokesman for the office… declined to comment on the case Wednesday other than releasing the cause and manner of death, which are considered public record.

As I explained last week, the cause of amniotic fluid embolism leakage has nothing to do with whether a preborn baby has health issues. Such a false assertion only plays into the hands of abortion proponents.

So I was relieved when Goldfarb told me he never made such a statement to the press. “I didn’t say that,” he said.

These news organizations should retract such a critically false claim. It will unnecessarily frighten pregnant mothers.

Commenter Cranky Catholic posted a YouTube video link on AFEs that I found quite helpful…

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[Thanks to Sheila for help with article]

7 thoughts on “Medical Examiner clarifies “fetal anomalies” not a cause of Carhart patient’s death”

  1. Jill – her name is Morbelli as her last name, not Carhart.  just a quick edit would be great! ;)  thanks.


  2. Oh. So it was exactly like I said (except rather than the medical examiner, it was the media): claims that fetal abnormalities caused these two deaths, when really they mean she wouldn’t have been having THE ABORTION THAT KILLED HER if her child hadn’t had fetal abnormalities. Like, pregnancy is the cause of abortion deaths because they wouldn’t be getting the abortions if they weren’t pregnant. SMH.


  3. So many media “experts” on “women’s rights” really  have no idea what they are even talking about, do they? To claim that fetal abnormalities were responsible for the amniotic fluid embolism is absurd, and shows that they really have no idea what they are reporting – nor do their fact checkers and editors.  Basically, they are saying it’s the baby’s fault that the mother died.  This is what it comes down to – they are making the baby an enemy of the mother.


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