Like Gosnell, State Medical Board Ignored Abortion Doc Douglas Karpen
by Steven Ertelt | Houston, TX | LifeNews.com | 5/21/13 1:20 PM
Douglas Karpen, who operates two abortion clinics in the Houston area and is under fire for twisting off the necks of babies with his bare hands, has a long and sordid past.
The abortion practitioner is considered to be the next Kermit Gosnell because he kills babies who are born alive in a gruesome abortion-infanticide process. But Karpen faced a plethora of complaints from former staff — complaints that the Texas state health board did little about, in much the same way the Pennsylvania state government did little about Kermit Gosnell before he was finally exposed.
In May 2012, a then-unnamed whistleblower came forward to allege that the Texas-based abortion practitioner may be breaking the new ultrasound law that allows women a chance to see images of their unborn child before considering an abortion. The whistleblower made allegations that Karpen, who operates two abortion clinics in the Houston area, was violating the new state law requiring abortion practitioners to conduct ultrasounds on women 24 hours prior to an abortion.
“We are asking the Texas Medical Board to get involved and enforce the law,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation, at that time. “Karpen is an unsafe abortionist who has endangered women for years. But now he has crossed the line by refusing to comply with this new law. It is time to bring him to justice by revoking his license.”
The informant, whose identity was being kept confidential by Operation Rescue out of fear of retribution, also alleges that Karpen is guilty of a myriad of other violations ranging from sexual harassment to not washing or changing gloves to prevent contamination between abortion patients.
The complaint was asking for a full investigation into Karpen’s questionable abortion practices at Aaron Women’s Clinic and the Texas Ambulatory Surgical Center, also known as the Aaron Women’s Surgical Center.
The Operation Rescue complaint at that time further alleged that Karpen is engaged in fraudulent billing practices, not having surgical equipment properly sterilized, falsifying ultrasound results, doing abortions as late as 28 weeks (Texas law permits only to 24 weeks), lack of adequate nursing staff, concealing logs from inspectors to prevent deficiency citations. Karpen was also alleged to be hiring nurses through a temp agency to work only on days when inspections are scheduled and mistreating inappropriately touching attractive women while they are under sedation.
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“Karpen has a long and disreputable history as an abortionist, including two patient deaths and numerous abortion-related injuries,” Newman said. “In 1989, a pro-life activist photographed the remains of a baby aborted at one of Karpen’s clinics at 28 weeks gestation. Images of that baby, now known as “Baby David” are in use today by pro-life activists to expose the horrific brutality of abortion.”
As LifeNews reported recently, Operation Rescue, in its expose’ of Karpen, notes that the Texas medical board never held him accountable for these violations. A February 2013 letter dismissed the entire case and claimed “there is no evidence of inappropriate behavior, therefore no further action will be taken.”