We Must Stop Kermit Gosnell’s Colleagues Douglas Karpen and LeRoy Carhart

Opinion   |   Marjorie Dannenfelser   |   May 31, 2013   |   10:29AM   |   Washington, DC

Abortionists like Kermit Gosnell and Douglas Karpen are more common than you think.

They aren’t exceptions, they’re the rule. Unsafe conditions and barbaric practices in abortion clinics are an epidemic, not a random occurrence. The blood splattered walls and freezers full of children do not just exist in a few clinics in Pennsylvania and Texas. They’re in clinics across the nation from Illinois to Virginia.

Every day SBA List uncovers more clinics around the country and adds them to our fact sheet of negligence and brutality. It falls to us to expose the abortion industry’s inhumanity because pro-abortion politicians and their allies in the mainstream media refuse to acknowledge the horror shows.

At SBA List, we know the multi-state breakdown of oversight of the abortion industry has gone on for too long. Many states have not enacted or enforced basic regulations for abortionists across the country, and vulnerable women suffer the consequences of their inaction.

States have left the abortion industry to regulate itself, and across the board it has led to disaster. They refuse to acknowledge that abortionists are driven by one goal: make as much money as possible by ending lives and hurting women at high prices.

This has to change, and SBA List is taking the lead to get it done.

We cannot allow Kermit Gosnell conditions and practices across the country to go unnoticed. The abortion industry knows no bounds and no borders, and we’ve discovered a frightening trend. The worst abortionists cross into states that don’t enforce regulations on abortion. For instance, did you know that Kermit Gosnell also worked in a clinic in Delaware that the state never inspected?

Not only that, but we’ve identified several other abortionists like Gosnell who still perform abortions today even after numerous victims and staff members have come forward to their state governments:

  • Douglas Karpen still practices abortions in Houston, TX even after his former staff members released the photos of viable babies from failed abortions whose necks had been wrung.
  • Dr. Leroy Carhart still practices abortions in Nebraska and Maryland even after his negligence likely led to the death of Jennifer Morbelli.

You might recognize Douglas Karpen from that list, but you probably didn’t read about him from major news networks. The state of Texas has started an investigation, but like with most abortionists, the Texas Medical Board has already dismissed his abuses.

These men need to see justice. They need to be stopped. And, we have to act.

We must demand that Congress and state legislatures stop turning a blind eye. That’s why the SBA List is producing a running fact sheet of negligence and brutality. It’s up to us to educate Americans and lawmakers – and demand action.


It will only be a matter of time before the national abortion network starts to collapse. If we can continue to expose Gosnell-like practices and conditions across the country, we can force Congress and state legislatures to take action and save lives.

We can’t do this alone. We’ve compiled the information and spread the word as far as we can, but you need to take the next step. Share our fact sheet of negligence today to help us expose the abortion industry and demand action.

LifeNews Note: Marjorie Dannenfelser is the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life women’s group.