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.
The Washington Post story notes that friends say abortionist LeRoy Carhart is "devastated" by Morbelli's death. He didn't return Newsday's call.