Throughout the trial of Kermit Gosnell, pro-life activists maintained
that the Philadelphia abortionist was not alone; that, in clinics across America,
abortions are performed on pregnant women weeks later than the legal limit, unsanitary
conditions with untrained and unqualified staff are commonplace, and babies are
delivered alive, only to be murdered in whatever fashion seems most expedient
to the abortion doctor.
A story out of Houston suggests that they might be right.
the Houston Chronicle:
County authorities and the Texas Department of State
Health Services are
investigating a local doctor accused Wednesday by an anti-abortion group of
performing late-term abortions in 2011.
"We have several people looking
into the allegations," said Sara Marie Kinney,
a spokeswoman for the Harris County District Attorney.
In an email, DSHS spokeswoman Carrie Williams said the agency, which monitors
abortion facilities across the state, is "aware of the allegations, and we
are investigating." Added Williams:
"This is a very high priority for us."
The anti-abortion group Operation Rescue issued a report on Wednesday saying
that three former employees of Dr. Douglas Karpen's
Houston clinic had relayed accounts of fetuses that had been illegally aborted
and provided them with grisly photographs.
The Operation Rescue report on Dr. Karpen’s clinic can be
The three former clinic workers contacted the group as part of its Abortion
Whistleblowers Program, which offers a reward to those providing information
that leads the arrest and conviction of abortion doctors breaking the law. They
have also been in contact with And Then There
Were None, a group founded by Abby Johnson to assist those wanting to leave
the abortion industry.
The Operation Rescue report alleges that Dr. Karpen
routinely performed abortions past 24 weeks, the legal limit in Texas, and that
in many cases the babies were delivered alive and then killed.
“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,” said
Deborah Edge, who worked as a surgical assistant for Karpen for about 15 years
until leaving in March, 2011.
“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,” Edge continued.
How often did this happen?
“I think every morning I saw several, on several occasions,”
she said. “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,” said Edge, acknowledging that
these babies would be alive.
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.
Women would be given doses of Cytotec, a drug that causes
strong and unpredictable uterine contractions, and would deliver while they
were waiting in line to see Karpen, some in toilets, one in the hallway.
“He just picked it up with one of those [chux] pads and put
it in the trash bag,” said Krystal Rodriguez of the baby born in the hallway.
“As long as the patient had the cash, he was going to do it
past 25 weeks,” she said.
Operation Rescue says it presented information to
the Texas Medical Board, only to have the case dismissed due to “insufficient evidence to prove that a violation of the Medical Practices
Act occurred.” On
Wednesday, Texas’ Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst said that
“Harris County authorities should perform a full-scale investigation and
take action against those who broke state law.”