Texas Abortion Practitioner May be Breaking Ultrasound Law

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 11, 2012   |   12:53PM   |   Austin, TX

A whistleblower has come forward to allege that a 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 has come forward with allegations that Douglas Karpen, who operates two abortion clinics in the Houston area, is 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. “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 is 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 is 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 further alleges 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 is 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.

Newman told LifeNews that Karpen is already in hot water with the Texas Medical Board as Operation Rescue filed a complaint against him after abortion abuses were discovered during an undercover investigation of Texas abortion clinics last year. He is scheduled to appear before the board on May 16.

“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.”