Life Dynamics, Inc., a national pro-life organization located in Denton, Texas responds to news that a Houston abortion doctor is being sued by one of his patients.
Abortionist Douglas Karpen who runs the Aaron Woman’s Clinic in Houston Texas is being sued by a former patient for a botched abortion. The patient claims she suffered a torn uterus, bleeding and extensive pain. The law suit claims medical negligence on the part of Karpen.
According to reports, the abortion was performed when the patient was 22 weeks pregnant. The suit claims “permanent injuries” were caused by abortionist Karpen and the patient “continues to suffer as a result of medical negligence.”
The legal document says her injuries were discovered by another doctor who also found internal bleeding.
Mark Crutcher, president of Life Dynamics responded to the news, “It’s not like this is anything new. I mean this is the same guy that killed a fifteen-year-old girl named Denise Montoya while doing a “safe and legal” abortion on her. The fact is, only the washouts, losers and moral degenerates of medicine end up working at abortion clinics and Karpen is no different.”
On May 3, 2013, Crutcher recorded an interview with three of Karpen’s former employees who claimed that babies were born alive and killed following abortions by Douglas Karpen.
In that video, former employees also described the way that Karpen treated patients saying that if he injures a woman he never tells her.
“Never telling the woman hey I ripped your cervix you need to get that looked at,” one of the former workers stated.
In addition former staff members say that Karpen would, “leave a patient on the table, 45 minutes with her legs open and a speculum inside her cervix as he went across to his office and had his sandwich.”
Crutcher points out that in addition to the former employees, Life Dynamics also conducted an interview with a former abortion patient, saying that it is “it’s almost incomprehensible what they did to her.”
Crutcher continues, “it’s almost mind-boggling to think that there are people in this world who argue that these abortion clinics are safe and legal for women to go to, and then you hear from the women who actually went to one and it’s incredible that these people get away with this lie.”
Operation Rescue has obtained a copy of that complaint available to read here.
According to Operation Rescue, alleges that allege Karpen rushed through the late-term procedure, lacerating Mendoza’s uterus and creating a large T-shaped rupture that left her uterus open to the abdominal cavity.
It was among the worst injuries to the uterus that the Ob/Gyn treating Mendoza at the West Houston Medical Center “had ever seen or read about.”
Ms. Mendoza’s ordeal began on February 7, 2013, when she reported to Karpen’s Aaron Women’s Clinic in Houston where she was found to be 22 weeks pregnant at that time. She was told by the staff that such late-term abortion procedures were “low-risk,” post-abortion hemorrhage was less than after childbirth, and that it was “highly unlikely any uncomplicated or mid trimester abortion will cause a problem with infertility or future pregnancies.”
On February 14, Mendoza kept her abortion appointment at Karpen’s second abortion location, the Texas Ambulatory Surgical Center, also in Houston, where over a dozen other women were waiting for abortions.
The Plaintiff watched as each young woman was called to go to the back. Finally, the Plaintiff was the only young woman left in the waiting area, and she remained there, alone, for some time after the last young woman had left, and the Plaintiff got the feeling she had been forgotten. Finally, a nurse came to the waiting area and appeared to be surprised the Plaintiff was still there. From that moment, everything thereafter appeared to be rushed.
During the now 23-week abortion, Karpen’s alleged negligence was responsible for the grossly ruptured uterus, partial laceration of the broad uterine ligament, and heavy internal bleeding. It appears Karpen never tried to repair the rupture and sent Mendoza home under the impression that the surgery had been uneventful.
The next day, experiencing intense pain, Mendoza made her way to the West Houston Medical Center emergency room where a CT Scan revealed her ruptured uterus and massive internal bleeding. Mendoza was rushed into emergency surgery. Her injuries were so severe that she can never have another child since doctors now believe she would “be in extreme danger” if she were ever to become pregnant again. She was only 20 years old at the time of her abortion.
Had Ms. Mendoza delayed seeking emergency care, hospital staff believe she would have died from her injuries.
Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue responds:
“Ms. Mendez’s law suit alleges that Karpen seriously injured her during a late-term abortion and then never told her she was injured. This is exactly the same allegation made to us by three former Karpen employees, who also provided us with photographic evidence that Karpen was murdering babies born alive in a similar way that Kermit Gosnell did.”
“Now that Ms. Mendoza’s lawsuit has corroborated this part of our informant’s allegations, we believe their other allegations now have more credibility. We are calling on authorities such as the Texas Medical Board to reopen investigations into Karpen’s practices and take emergency action to prevent him from inflicting harm on anyone else.”
“On the same day that the Texas Medical Board penned the ‘cover-up’ letter telling us that Karpen did nothing wrong, Ms. Mendoza was in the hospital getting emergency surgery in order to save her life from horrifying injuries she says Karpen inflicted upon her,” said Newman. “We just have to wonder how many more women will suffer or even die before the TMB and other officials stop protecting this dangerous man.”
Past cases against Karpen have also been filed.
In 2013, the Houston Chronicle detailed some of the cases against Karpen:
In 1989, the parents of Denise Montoya sued Karpen after their 15-year-old daughter got an abortion from Karpen and died. She had been 251/2 weeks pregnant, the parents’ lawsuit said, but they had been assured the pregnancy could be terminated safely. Montoya began to bleed heavily after the procedure and was rushed to Ben Taub Hospital, where she later died.
In 1991, Peggy Cormier sued Karpen on behalf of her minor daughter, who went to Karpen for a late-term abortion and then changed her mind after beginning the process of termination. The lawsuit alleges that Karpen became hostile and refused to attempt to reverse the procedure or refer her to another doctor. Cormier’s daughter eventually went to St. Joseph Hospital and delivered a baby weighing 1 pound, 13 ounces, who died six months later.
Quinnetta Dugas sued Karpen in 1995, alleging that he had perforated her cervix during a late-term abortion. Dugas also alleged that she believed she was later in her pregnancy than the 24 weeks Karpen purportedly had told her. Dugas was bleeding heavily after the abortion and was taken to LBJ Hospital, where she underwent an emergency hysterectomy, according to the lawsuit.
A lawsuit brought by Cherise Mosley and her father brought Karpen to the public’s eye when he was sued for performing an abortion on a minor who used a fake ID to establish that she was 18, a legal requirement at the time. Mosley contended the ID card, obtained from a grocery store, obviously was not legitimate. A jury found Karpen only 10 percent negligent and Mosley received no money.
The Chronicle concluded, “Unlike that case, the disposition of all the lawsuits against Karpen is not always clear from available court records. Some obviously were settled, and some apparently were found in Karpen’s favor.”