Jennifer Morbelli, New Rochelle teacher, died of complications after abortion, medical examiner says
A New Rochelle teacher died after an abortion in Maryland when amniotic fluid seeped into her bloodstream, according to new entries on her death certificate.
The chief medical examiner's office in Baltimore lists "amniotic fluid embolism following termination of pregnancy" as one of two causes of death for Jennifer McKenna Morbelli, 29, said Bruce Goldfarb, spokesman for the medical examiner's office.
The second is "disseminated intravascular coagulation," a condition that occurs when small blood clots form in the blood vessels, according to Morbelli's death certificate. Eventually, the proteins needed for clotting can become depleted, which can lead to extensive bleeding throughout the body.
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The death certificate lists the manner of Morbelli's Feb, 7 death as "natural." The other standard categories for manner of death are "accidental," "homicide" and "suicide."
A spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland, which is investigating the Morbelli case, said investigators are awaiting the full autopsy report, which is typically issued 60-90 days after a death.
The medical examiner had listed the manner and cause of death as "pending" until Wednesday, when further details emerged in the case that has become a rallying cry for abortion foes.
Morbelli, a graduate of New Rochelle High School and the University of Delaware, taught at the Church Street School in White Plains.
Morbelli met her husband, T.J., at the University of Delaware. The elementary school teacher was buried with her baby, Madison, at Greenwood Union Cemetery in Rye, according to a funeral home obituary.
Morbelli's death gained national notoriety when anti-abortion activists denounced what they described as a late-term abortion to terminate the pregnancy.
Many of the protesters, online and off, have denounced Dr. LeRoy Carhart, a well-known abortion doctor, in connection with Morbelli's death. They contended that Carhart performed the abortion at Germantown Reproductive Health Services clinic in Germantown, Md.
Carhart did not immediately return a call to Germantown Reproductive Health Services seeking comment.
Carhart is featured in a documentary film, "After Tiller," as one of four doctors in the country who perform legal late-term abortions. The title refers to George Tiller, an abortion doctor who was assassinated in 2009 by an anti-abortion activist.
A call to the home of Morbelli's parents, Kevin and Lisa McKenna, went unanswered.