Houston abortionist Doctor Douglas Karpen
On Tuesday, June 11, Governor Rick Perry announced plans to expand the call for the special session of the 83rd Legislature to include Pro-Life “legislation relating to the regulation of abortion procedures, providers and facilities” that would not only protect the unborn, but address health and safety issues recently exposed at a Houston abortion clinic chain. He made the following statement:
“The horrors of the national late-term abortion industry are continuing to come to light, one atrocity at a time. Sadly, some of those same atrocities happen in our own state. In Texas, we value all life, and we’ve worked to cultivate a culture that supports the birth of every child. We have an obligation to protect unborn children, and to hold those who peddle these abortions to standards that would minimize the death, disease and pain they cause.”
All the major Pro-Life organizations across Texas have been working on a coalition-supported bill. State Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Katy) filed SB 5, a bill that improves safety standards at abortion facilities and establishes the state’s interest in protecting the lives of preborn children who feel pain. Representative Jodie Laubenberg (R-Rockwall) is the House sponsor and has filed the House companion, HB 60.
Elizabeth Graham of Texas Right to Life said, “Governor Perry has been a faithful champion for the rights of the most vulnerable in our state, and he has always welcomed and sought opportunities to protect life. We laud his efforts and the constant commitment of Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst to safeguard pregnant women and their unborn children while holding abortion clinics accountable.”
Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst expressed his complete support for the Pro-Life measures in the special session agenda:
“Until Americans are willing to overturn Roe vs. Wade, Texas should at least outlaw abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, regulate abortion clinics to the safety standards governing ambulatory and outpatient surgical centers, and ensure that abortion clinics have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles.”
In light of Houston abortionist, Douglas Karpen, who has been accused of committing infanticide on fully-birthed newborns, Perry and Dewhurst want to prevent Gosnell-like abortion centers in Texas. The Pro-Life community is optimistic about this unprecedented opportunity to pass a new law that would strengthen Texas families, protect the health and safety of women, and foster a culture of Life while saving thousands of unborn baby Texans annually.
Douglas Karpen Snipped Babies’ Necks Worse Than Gosnell, Is Anyone Noticing?
by Kristi Burton Brown | Houston, TX | LifeNews.com | 5/30/13 1:37 PM
Houston, TX (LiveActionNews) — If Americans found the Gosnell trial disturbing, there can be no words to describe Douglas Karpen’s abortion clinic in Houston, Texas. Operation Rescue has been on the scene for years, working to stop Karpen. Thanks to Operation Rescue’s Abortion Whistleblowers Program, four women who previously worked for Karpen at the Aaron Women’s Clinic have come forward to describe their horrific experiences.
Like many abortionists, Karpen has had a string of problems at his clinics. A young teenager died from a botched performed on her by Karpen. He has been called before the Texas Medical Board to answer allegations. In one of the most horrifying accusations, “waste” from Karpen’s clinic began leaking into a neighboring parking lot:
[O]n February 6, 2005…a sewer broke at Karpen’s Texas Ambulatory Surgical Center, located at 2421 N. Shepherd in Houston, causing sewage to spill into the parking lot of a neighboring car dealership. Maribeth Smith, an employee of the car dealership said she is convinced she saw human body parts mixed in with the sewage. She took photographs, believing the human tissue came from the clinic.
‘Whether it’s legal or not, it’s not right,’ Smith said. ‘This whole area is nothing but raw sewage and bloody pieces. There were little legs coming out from one side.’
Three of the four whistleblowers from Karpen’s clinic – Deborah Edge, Gigi Aguliar, and Krystal Rodriguez – allowed Life Dynamics to film them telling about their unimaginable experiences while working for Karpen. The video, below, is a must-see for any American. If Americans are willing to support abortion, they must ask themselves if they are truly willing to accept the inhuman horrors that come along with it.
In both cases, the babies’ skin is pink, noting a lack of masceration, an early form of decomposition that happens in babies that die in the womb. Massive bruising on the extremities of one of the babies indicates the baby’s heart was pulsing with life when the trauma was inflicted likely when grasping instruments latched on to bring the baby down into the birth canal. The eyes of the other child are open in a nightmarish expression of pain, revealing development greater than 26-28 weeks. Both sets of photos were taken sometime in 2011.
Deborah Edge, who worked as a surgical assistant, explicitly described how – and how often – Karpen would kill newborn babies:
When he did an abortion, especially an over 20 week abortion, most of the time the fetus would come completely out before he cut the spinal cord or he introduced one of the instruments into the soft spot of the fetus, in order to kill the fetus. …
I think every morning I saw several, on several occasions. … If we had 20-something patients, of course ten, or twelve, or fifteen patients would be large procedures, and out of those large procedures, I’m pretty sure that I was seeing at least three or four fetuses that were completely delivered in some way or another.
Edge continued to reveal even more mind-blowing information about Karpen’s actions:
She described how some babies would emerge too soon and would be alive, moving, and breathing. She also told of how Karpen would sometimes deliver the babies feet first with the toes wiggling until he stabbed them with a surgical implement. At the moment the toes would suddenly splay out before going limp. Sometimes he would kill the babies by ‘twisting the head off the neck,’ according to Edge.
But not all the babies came out intact. When there was difficulty, Karpen would dismember them, a process that was, according to the surgical assistant Deborah Edge, a bloody mess.
‘Sometimes he couldn’t get the fetus out,’ she explained. ‘He would yank pieces – piece by piece – when they were oversize. And I’m talking about the whole floor dirty. I’m talking about me drenched in blood.’
The U.K.’s Daily Mail describes the women’s tragic account of one baby who attempted to hold on for dear life at Karpen’s clinic, and failed.
The women described one occasion where a fetus that Karpen thought was dead suddenly ‘opened its eyes and grabbed (the doctor’s) finger’ after he wrenched it from the womb. However, it met a similar fate to the other fetuses at the clinic, the women said.
Breitbart also reported on the video expose of Karpen’s clinic which demonstrated that Karpen purposely risked the lives of women who came to him for abortions.
Rodriguez also accused the abortionist of showing disregard for the safety of his patients. She indicated that he would sometimes insert the instruments through the woman’s stomach if it was the easiest way to kill the baby.
Edge also claimed that she routinely observed Karpen ‘hurting patients on the table’ and not telling victims of botched abortions that he had lacerated their cervix or uterus.
A third former employee, Gigi Aguilar, alleged, ‘If he had a patient that asked a lot of questions, he would prefer for them to be put to sleep.’
‘The women who go there had no idea what they were getting themselves into,’ Edge said.
The numbingly ugly truth about Douglas Karpen’s clinic demonstrates that, despite claims from Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and other abortion supporters, Kermit Gosnell was not alone. He was not an aberration. When women, doctors, and clinic workers are sucked into the lie that abortion is just a matter of simple “choice,” they are all too often blinded to the fact that it never ends there. Gosnell, Karpen, Nicola Riley, LeRoy Carhart – and others – demonstrate that abortion is nothing but the horrific taking of innocent children’s lives. Such a “choice” should never be allowed in a civilized society.
Two weeks ago, after intense pressure from pro-life activists and a demand from Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office announced that it would look into the former workers’ claims against Karpen. The Texas Department of State Health Services also claims to be investigating the facts.
Pro-lifers ought to keep the pressure on and ensure that a full investigation is truly performed so that Karpen can be brought to justice. You can contact the following Texas government officials to ask that the investigation continue in an appropriate and thorough way. You can also get updated about Karpen and participate in action items by visiting the Texas Gosnell website.
Mike Anderson, District Attorney Harris County, Texas
1201 Franklin Street, Suite 600, Houston, Texas 77002-1923
Greg Abbott, Attorney General of Texas
Office of the Attorney General
PO Box 12548
Austin, TX 78711-2548
Voice: (512) 463-2050
Texas Medical Board
Tower 3, Suite 610
Austin, TX 78701
Voice: (512) 305-7010
LifeNews Note: Kristi Burton Brown is a pro-life activist in her home state of Colorado, a pro-bono attorney for Life Legal Defense Fund, and a stay-at-home mom. This column originally appeared at Live Action News and is reprinted with permission.