Monsters Inc: Douglas Karpen Picks Up Where Kermit Gosnell Left Off

Opinion   |   Tony Perkins   |   May 17, 2013   |   11:20AM   |   Washington, DC

Kermit Gosnell may be behind bars, but his deadly legacy lives on.

Just when the abortion lobby thought it could turn the page on the PR disaster of the Women’s Medical Society, a new “house of horrors” is making headlines–this time in Texas. There, the eye-witness accounts rival those of even Gosnell’s clinic, as three former employees described a staggering amount of violence, which would, on occasion, involve Douglas Karpen twisting off the heads of newborn babies. It was a routine procedure, Deborah Edge said of the born-alive killings–which usually involved cutting babies’ spinal cords or gouging them in the skull.

“I thought, well, it’s an abortion you know, that’s what he does, but I wasn’t aware that it was illegal… Most of the time, we would see him where the fetus would come completely out, and of course, the fetus would still be alive.” Asked how often the babies would be delivered before they were murdered, Edge responded, “every morning… on several occasions.”

In one of the more heart-wrenching parts of the interview, Deborah described how babies would be born “too soon” and would be “alive, moving, and breathing.” She said that sometimes Karpen would deliver the babies “feet first with the toes wiggling until he stabbed them with a surgical instrument.” At that moment, she explains quietly, the toes “would suddenly splay out” in excruciating pain “before going limp.” The process was so sickening and so messy that she recalls “the whole floor dirty. I’m talking about me drenched in blood.”

While Texas officials investigate, Congressman Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) took the opportunity yesterday to press Attorney General Eric Holder on whether the DOJ is turning its back on this grisly trend. “In 2002,” Franks said, “Congress enacted the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act that provides that all federal protections–including from your office, sir, for persons apply to every infant born alive. So will you enforce the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act as Attorney General and will you consider carefully what’s happening in clinics across the country like happened at the clinic that Kermit Gosnell ran?”

Holder, whose wife has her own ties to the abortion industry, insisted that he shared Franks’s concerns and acknowledged his responsibility to “enforce all the laws that Congress passes.” Yes, said Franks, but “have you ever enforced this law even one time?” “I don’t know,” replied Holder. “I just don’t know what the statistics are.” Enforcement, after all, is a relatively new concept at the Justice Department (see U.S. marriage and obscenity laws). Still, if there had been prosecutions, he would know about it.

With a web of underground killing fields in New York, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Maryland, and now Texas clinics, this is no longer a hypothetical question of children’s safety. It’s a pervasive practice that had obviously gone undetected for years–until Gosnell trial’s and Lila Rose’s undercover videos.



Her discoveries will be the subject of a special webcast edition of “Washington Watch” next Tuesday, May 21, at 5:00 p.m. (EDT). Together with congressional leaders like Rep. Marsha Blackburn, we’ll explore Live Action’s “Inhuman” campaign and explain how you can be involved in ending the Gosnell-type violence in clinics across America. Click over to the webpage for more details!

LifeNews Note: Tony Perkins is the president of the Family Research Council.