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SHOCKING DVD: An American Abortion Clinic: A glimpse into hell!

Posted in abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion Video, Abortionist, Abortionist and Live Birth, Karpen with tags , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2013 by saynsumthn

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“It is a glimpse into hell,” Life Dynamics President, Mark Crutcher

Today, Life Dynamics a national pro-life organization located in Denton, Texas is releasing the second part of our Abortion Clinic Worker video series.

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The DVD is titled: An American Abortion Clinic, and Life Dynamics president, Mark Crutcher describes the DVD as, “a glimpse into hell.”

The entire DVD can be purchased here

In the first release of the abortion clinic workers series, which we uploaded to youtube, we show an interview with workers from Douglas Karpen’s Houston abortion clinic dealing only with the babies.

In this extended release, former abortion clinic workers reveal some very disturbing things about the way that patients were treated at the abortion clinic.

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For example, ex-employees of the abortion clinic say that many of the abortion clinic’s patient charts would come up missing, that the abortionist paid some staff “under the table,” and they accuse one of the clinic’s nurses of signing off on patient charts when she was not present at the abortion clinic.

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Below is a sample of some of the statements you will hear these former workers say on the DVD:

“We seen a lot of cases where women, they felt like they had to push and they had to run to the bathroom. On some occasions we had women that were the fetus were falling into the toilet.. We had one incident where it was big news, where the fetus was left in the toilet, I don’t know if you all heard about that one she was at McDonalds. They stopped there in the morning and the fetus was left in the toilet and nobody ever found out whose fetus it was, but it was one of his patients. We knew it because we were watching it on the news that day that she was supposed to be in the clinic.”

“He was trying to pull out the fetus…and he pulled her cervix out thinking it was the arm or something…he pulled it out, he ripped it apart..he had said, she probably won’t be able to have kids any more after this. ” “And he didn’t want to tell her because it was a Spanish speaking lady…she didn’t need to know what was going on with herself.” They said it was the staff not the abortionist who told the woman to go to the hospital after the abortion.

“He 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.”

“If he had a patient that asked a lot of questions he would prefer for them to be put to sleep.” “It was his way of making more money, of course, because deep sedation was another $200.00.”

“He had a different demeanor when he felt attracted to a patient. Body language would change…we knew that he was really attracted to the stripper type…a nice tan body…where you can tell that the woman had some breast work done”

“Sometimes, while they were asleep, he would lift up the gown and see their breasts…if they were good looking ladies, especially the white ladies, the whole touching was different…it was just gross.”

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Crutcher says, “We did an interview with a patient in this place and 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 the words of a woman who actually went to one and you deal with some of the women that we talk to all of the time that go to these places, and it’s incredible that these people get away with this lie.”

Crutcher concludes, “This DVD is a glimpse into hell. If you do not think that an abortion clinic’s front door is a glimpse into hell, than you’re not paying attention. This video will give you a glimpse inside that…This thing is powerful and you need to see it.”

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For an interview call the office at (940) 380-8800

About Life Dynamics: http://www.lifedynamics.com/Pro-life_Group/
Mark Crutcher’s Bio http://lifedynamics.com/Pro-life_Group/Prolife_Activist/

Wendy Davis does Death Dance while media ignores After Birth Abortions

Posted in Karpen, Late term abortion, Media Bias, Politics, pro-choice with tags , , , , , , , on June 25, 2013 by saynsumthn

UPDATE: June 26, 2013: #SB5 passed then failed in #Texas. Last night the #abortion dance by Senator Wendy R. Davis was suspended, then, as lawmakers tried to cast their votes after the filibuster attempt, chaos from abortion promoters overwhelmed the Senate floor causing the vote to go past the midnight cutoff for the special session. At first the media declared SB5, Texas’ most restrictive abortion legislation as passed, then at 3:00am LT. Gov. Dewhurst announced that the vote had failed.

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Today, radically pro-abortion Texas State Senator Wendy Davis has announced that she will filibuster in the Texas legislature to try and keep several abortion restrictions from moving forward in the state.

Republicans pushed the restrictions through the House early Monday in a special session that will end tonight. To be successful in her filibuster, Davis will have to remain standing and speak nonstop, without bathroom breaks for 13 hours.

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Life Dynamics Inc., a national pro-life organization in Denton, points out that while Davis does her pro-death dance today, state and national media will likely cover the filibuster while ignoring accusations that after birth abortions are being performed in the state.

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A few weeks ago, Life Dynamics released an interview with three former abortion clinic workers who accused Houston, Texas abortionist, Douglas Karpen of killing babies after birth.

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Since Life Dynamics’ video was released, Texas District 61, State Representative Phil King along with several other state lawmakers have called for a full investigation of the late term abortion doctor. In addition, Rep. King has mailed a copy of the testimony to the Homicide Division of the Houston Police Department. According to Harris County DA’s Office spokeswoman Sara Marie Kinney, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office is cooperating with an investigation by the Houston Police Department.

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While Wendy Davis, along with abortion giant Planned Parenthood claim the whole world is watching Texas, Life Dynamics asks when will the media do their job and report these Gosnell style accusations to the nation?

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Mark Crutcher, President of Life Dynamics said, “They’ve seen these things go on; they’ve participated in them. He’s delivering them live and killing them outside the womb…He sometimes twists their heads off – he would just grab them by the shoulders and by the head and twist their necks, ring their necks like a chicken, literally.

What we have witnessed in our video is the nature of the beast. Simply put, this is Abortion! If the abortion lobby thinks this issue is going away, they are, literally, whistling past the graveyard.”

A portion of the interview conducted by Life Dynamics interview can be viewed here:

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fhyJItGPko&feature=youtu.be

Abortion clinic employee, “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..”

“He does a lot of huge abortions. A lot of the times, we would bring the big fetus that were over age, we would re-open the bag and just look at it and be like, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s so big!'”

“Sometimes he couldn’t get the fetus out. He would yank pieces – piece by piece – when they were oversize. And I’m talking about the whole floor dirty. I’m talking about me drenched in blood.”

Life Dynamics was founded in 1992 by Mark Crutcher and has gained a trusted reputation for ongoing research into the abortion industry.

For an interview, call Life Dynamics at (940) 380-8800

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Partial transcript from the interview:

CLIP 1
Clinic Worker: “ Most of the time we would see him where the fetus would come completely out and of course the fetus would still be alive because it was still moving, of course, you could see the stomach breathing and um that’s when he would do his um, he would snip the spine, as they were saying this doctor did and of course the soft spot was one of the spots that he um would take one of the forceps, or what is it called? The dilators and stick it down the soft spot of the fetuses head.”
Interviewer: “You saw this happen?”
Clinic worker: “Oh yes. I think every morning I saw on several occasions. If we had um, if we had 20 something patients, of course maybe 10 or 12, or 13 or 15 would be large procedures – out of those large procedures I’m pretty sure I was seeing 3 to 4 fetus that were completely delivered in some way or another.”
( View here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LBLQ9jYgFY_)

CLIP 2
Interviewer: “You would see the baby alive”
Clinic Worker: “Yes, sir.”
Interviewer: “and him kill that baby outside the womb?”
Clinic worker: “Yes, sir”
Interviewer: “And this would be done by jamming some kind of instrument into the soft spot?”
Clinic worker: “Either that or actually twisting the head off the neck, kind of with his own bare hands?”
Interviewer: “And you saw that happen?”
Clinic worker: “Yes, sir”
Clinic Worker: “Sometimes he would go through the stomach as well”
Interviewer: “Sometimes he would do what?”
Clinic Worker: “He would like, force it through the stomach.”
Clinic Worker: “The, the instrument…”
Clinic Worker: “and he’d twist it”
Interviewer: “And you saw that?”
Clinic Worker: “anything that he could get to…like she said..”
Clinic Worker: “I normally saw either the snipping of the spine or the introduction of the instrument in the soft spot of the fetus normally or twisting of the neck”
Clinic Worker: “Remember he would like take his finger”
Clinic Worker: “Or his finger, he’d take his finger”
Clinic Worker: “uh, through the throat”
Clinic Worker: “Yeah”
( View clip Here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaBe6rsw1jY )

Watch several minutes of the clinic workers interview Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fhyJItGPko&feature=youtu.be
View Rep. King’s Letters here – http://tinyurl.com/mqrgja8
About Life Dynamics: http://www.lifedynamics.com/Pro-life_Group/
Mark Crutcher’s Bio http://tinyurl.com/c6menuz
View photos here ( WARNING VERY GRAPHIC) http://www.scribd.com/doc/141550822/Photos-of-Babies-1-2

Press Conference to call for arrest of abortion doc who twisted heads of babies off

Posted in Abortionist, Karpen with tags , , , , , , on June 19, 2013 by saynsumthn

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June 19, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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Interviewer:
“You would see the baby alive…and him kill that baby outside the womb?”

Clinic worker:
“Either that or actually twisting the head off the neck, kind of with his own bare hands?”

On Thursday, June 20, 2013 pro-life leaders from a number of national groups (listed below) will be holding a press conference to demand that the state of Texas take action to immediately close Douglas Karpen’s two Houston abortion clinics amid allegations that he intentionally kills late-term babies that are born alive during abortions.

Press Conference Details
When: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Where: Outside Karpen’s abortion clinic located at 2505 N Shepard Dr., Houston TX
Who:

Johnny HunterRev. Dr. Johnny Hunter, President, L.E.A.R.N.

day gardner 2Dr. Day Gardner, President, National Black Pro-Life Union

stephen-brodenPastor Stephen E. Broden, Founder and Senior Pastor of Fair Park Bible Fellowship, and Spokesperson for the Black Pro Life Coalition

Life Dynamics Inc. a national pro-life organization located in Denton, Texas, recently reported that Texas District 61, State Representative Phil King along with several other state lawmakers have called for a full investigation of the late term abortion doctor, Douglas Karpen.

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The call for an investigation followed the publication of video testimony published by Life Dynamics from three ex-employees of Karpen’s, in which they admitted to participating in numerous instances in which babies were being born alive and killed during abortion procedures at Karpen’s Houston abortion clinic. Texas Rep. Phil King, who requested a copy of the entire interview has informed Life Dynamics that his office mailed that DVD to Lt. Richard Kleczynski with the Homicide Division of the Houston Police Department. In addition to King, Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst has also called for the abortion clinic to be investigated !

A portion of the interview conducted by Life Dynamics interview can be viewed here:

Mark Crutcher, President of Life Dynamics said, “What we have witnessed in the Gosnell case and here in our video is the nature of the beast. Simply put, this is Abortion! If the abortion lobby thinks this issue is going away, they are literally whistling past the graveyard.”

In addition to the video, the pro-life group, Operation Rescue has published photos of two late-term babies alleged to have been aborted by Karpen and supplied by the former employees. View photos here ( WARNING VERY GRAPHIC ) http://www.scribd.com/doc/141550822/Photos-of-Babies-1-2

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Dr. Day Gardner, President, National Black Pro-Life Union who will attend Thursday’s Press Conference gave this statement, “We understand that Karpen is currently under investigation, yet his abortion clinics inexplicably remain open. We are calling for a ‘cease fire’ on unborn babies and the emergency closure of Karpen’s two Houston abortion clinics while the investigations are ongoing in order to prevent further loss of life.”

Life Dynamics was founded in 1992 by Mark Crutcher and has gained a trusted reputation for ongoing research into the abortion industry.

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Partial transcript from the interview:

CLIP 1
Clinic Worker: “ Most of the time we would see him where the fetus would come completely out and of course the fetus would still be alive because it was still moving, of course, you could see the stomach breathing and um that’s when he would do his um, he would snip the spine, as they were saying this doctor did and of course the soft spot was one of the spots that he um would take one of the forceps, or what is it called? The dilators and stick it down the soft spot of the fetuses head.”
Interviewer: “You saw this happen?”
Clinic worker: “Oh yes. I think every morning I saw on several occasions. If we had um, if we had 20 something patients, of course maybe 10 or 12, or 13 or 15 would be large procedures – out of those large procedures I’m pretty sure I was seeing 3 to 4 fetus that were completely delivered in some way or another.”
( View here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LBLQ9jYgFY_)

CLIP 2
Interviewer: “You would see the baby alive”
Clinic Worker: “Yes, sir.”
Interviewer: “and him kill that baby outside the womb?”
Clinic worker: “Yes, sir”
Interviewer: “And this would be done by jamming some kind of instrument into the soft spot?”
Clinic worker: “Either that or actually twisting the head off the neck, kind of with his own bare hands?”
Interviewer: “And you saw that happen?”
Clinic worker: “Yes, sir”
Clinic Worker: “Sometimes he would go through the stomach as well”
Interviewer: “Sometimes he would do what?”
Clinic Worker: “He would like, force it through the stomach.”
Clinic Worker: “The, the instrument…”
Clinic Worker: “and he’d twist it”
Interviewer: “And you saw that?”
Clinic Worker: “anything that he could get to…like she said..”
Clinic Worker: “I normally saw either the snipping of the spine or the introduction of the instrument in the soft spot of the fetus normally or twisting of the neck”
Clinic Worker: “Remember he would like take his finger”
Clinic Worker: “Or his finger, he’d take his finger”
Clinic Worker: “uh, through the throat”
Clinic Worker: “Yeah”
( View clip Here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaBe6rsw1jY )

Watch several minutes of the clinic workers interview Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fhyJItGPko&feature=youtu.be
View Rep. King’s Letters here – http://tinyurl.com/mqrgja8
About Life Dynamics: http://www.lifedynamics.com/Pro-life_Group/
Mark Crutcher’s Bio http://tinyurl.com/c6menuz
View photos here ( WARNING VERY GRAPHIC) http://www.scribd.com/doc/141550822/Photos-of-Babies-1-2

Texas lawmakers call for #TEXASGOSNELL to be investigated !

Posted in Aborted baby born alive, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion Video, Abortionist, Abortionist and Live Birth, Karpen, Life Dynamics, Mark Crutcher with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2013 by saynsumthn

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Texas Legislators Call for Criminal Investigation of Houston Abortionist

“If the abortion lobby thinks this issue is going away,
they are literally whistling past the graveyard.”
Mark Crutcher, President, Life Dynamics

Today, Life Dynamics Inc. a national pro-life organization located in Denton, Texas, is commending Texas District 61, State Representative Phil King for calling for a full investigation of late term abortion doctor Douglas Karpen.

On May 3, 2013, Life Dynamics recorded an interview with three of Karpen’s former employees in which they admitted to participating in numerous instances in which babies were being born alive and killed during abortion procedures at Karpen’s Houston abortion clinic.

A portion of that interview can be viewed here:

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Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fhyJItGPko&feature=youtu.be

After viewing the video, Rep. King sent a request to Life Dynamics for the unedited raw footage of the interview, which Life Dynamics provided on DVD.

Rep. King informed Life Dynamics that his office then mailed that DVD to Lt. Richard Kleczynski with the Homicide Division of the Houston Police Department. He also sent a letter to Ms. Mari Robinson, executive director of the Texas Medical Board, and David L. Lakey MD., Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, requesting a full investigation. These letters were co-signed by 20 Texas lawmakers (listed below).

“We strongly support a full investigation into the allegations of Dr. Karpen. As a state, we must ensure that the health and safety of women and children are being protected by laws and regulations in place,” King wrote to the agencies.

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Mark Crutcher, President of Life Dynamics, reacted to the King letter saying, “If the abortion lobby thinks this issue is going away, they are literally whistling past the graveyard.”

Crutcher continues, “One thing that was often overlooked about the conviction and life sentence recently given to abortionist Kermit Gosnell, is that eight of his employees also received long prison sentences for their roles in what he was doing. Today, the abortion lobby is in “damage control mode” and telling anyone who will listen that Gosnell is an aberration and that every other abortionist in America is Mr. Clean. But the people who actually work in these places know better, and they are beginning to fear that they could be the next ones dragged into a courtroom wearing handcuffs and leg irons.”

Partial transcript from the interview:

CLIP 1

Clinic Worker: “ Most of the time we would see him where the fetus would come completely out and of course the fetus would still be alive because it was still moving, of course, you could see the stomach breathing and um that’s when he would do his um, he would snip the spine, as they were saying this doctor did and of course the soft spot was one of the spots that he um would take one of the forceps, or what is it called? The dilators and stick it down the soft spot of the fetuses head.”
Interviewer: “You saw this happen?”
Clinic worker: “Oh yes. I think every morning I saw on several occasions. If we had um, if we had 20 something patients, of course maybe 10 or 12, or 13 or 15 would be large procedures – out of those large procedures I’m pretty sure I was seeing 3 to 4 fetus that were completely delivered in some way or another.”
( View here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LBLQ9jYgFY_)

CLIP 2


Interviewer: “You would see the baby alive”
Clinic Worker: “Yes, sir.”
Interviewer: “and him kill that baby outside the womb?”
Clinic worker: “Yes, sir”
Interviewer: “And this would be done by jamming some kind of instrument into the soft spot?”
Clinic worker: “Either that or actually twisting the head off the neck, kind of with his own bare hands?”
Interviewer: “And you saw that happen?”
Clinic worker: “Yes, sir”
Clinic Worker: “Sometimes he would go through the stomach as well”
Interviewer: “Sometimes he would do what?”
Clinic Worker: “He would like, force it through the stomach.”
Clinic Worker: “The, the instrument…”
Clinic Worker: “and he’d twist it”
Interviewer: “And you saw that?”
Clinic Worker: “anything that he could get to…like she said..”
Clinic Worker: “I normally saw either the snipping of the spine or the introduction of the instrument in the soft spot of the fetus normally or twisting of the neck”
Clinic Worker: “Remember he would like take his finger”
Clinic Worker: “Or his finger, he’d take his finger”
Clinic Worker: “uh, through the throat”
Clinic Worker: “Yeah”
( View clip Here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaBe6rsw1jY )

Watch several minutes of the clinic workers interview Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fhyJItGPko&feature=youtu.be

View Rep. King’s Letters here http://tinyurl.com/mqrgja8

Life Dynamics was founded in 1992 by Mark Crutcher and has gained a trusted reputation for ongoing research into the abortion industry.

About Life Dynamics: http://www.lifedynamics.com/Pro-life_Group/
Mark Crutcher’s Bio http://tinyurl.com/c6menuz

List of Legislatures who signed King’s letter:
Phil King
Linda Harper Brown
Dan Flynn
Jonathan Stickland
Rob Orr
Cindy Burkett
Stefanie Carter
James White
Allen Fletcher
Jodie Laubeneberg
Bryan Hughes
Bill Zedler
Jim Murphy
Ron Simmons
Craig Goldman
Charles Perry
Geanie Morrison
Ed Thompson
Harvey Hilderbran
Larry Phillips

Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst calls for the abortion clinic to be investigated ! http://daviddewhurst.com/blog/not-for-the-faint-of-heart

For an interview, call Life Dynamics at (940) 380-8800

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Mark Crutcher exposes abortionist Douglas Karpen

Posted in Karpen, Mark Crutcher with tags , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2013 by saynsumthn

Is a Texas abortion doctor killing babies after birth like Gosnell and being ignored by state authorities?

Posted in abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortionist, Abortionist and Live Birth, Karpen, Late term abortion, Life Dynamics with tags , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2013 by saynsumthn

Special Report: New Stunning Photos, Testimony Show Texas Abortionist Kills Babies Born Alive
May 15, 2013 By Operation Rescue

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Houston, TX – After the conviction of late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell on murder charges, Operation Rescue has been repeatedly asked if there is any evidence that similar practices exist at abortion clinics elsewhere in the nation. That documentation has now been released.

Operation Rescue arranged to have Life Dynamics, Inc. produce a video interview, released yesterday, with three informants who came to Operation Rescue as the result of our Abortion Whistleblowers Program, which offers a reward of $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of abortionists who are breaking the law.

The three informants, Deborah Edge, Gigi Aguliar, and Krystal Rodriguez, have come forward to tell of their horrific experiences working for abortionist Douglas Karpen, at one of three of his Texas abortion clinics, the Aaron Women’s Clinic in Houston. A fourth informant has co-operated with Operation Rescue, filing an affidavit about her experiences, but remains at this time anonymous.

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As shocking as their stories are, these women did more than just talk; they brought forward evidence of illegal late-term abortions in the form of photos taken on their cell phones at the Karpen’s clinic on Schumacher Lane in Houston.

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The photos were scandalous. They depicted two babies aborted well beyond the legal limit of 24 weeks in Texas. Their necks had been cut.
“The photos show babies that are huge, with gashes in their necks, indicating that these babies were likely born alive, then killed, just as Kermit Gosnell did at his ‘House of Horrors’ clinic in Philadelphia,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “In fact, there are numerous similarities between Karpen and the Gosnell case, including the disregarding of complaints by the authorities that allowed both men to continue their illegal operations.”

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Signs of life
In both cases, the babies’ skin is pink, noting a lack of masceration, an early form of decomposition that happens in babies that die in the womb. Massive bruising on the extremities of one of the babies indicates the baby’s heart was pulsing with life when the trauma was inflicted likely when grasping instruments latched on to bring the baby down into the birth canal. The eyes of the other child are open in a nightmarish expression of pain, revealing development greater than 26-28 weeks. Both sets of photos were taken sometime in 2011.

The video interview of the three informants verified the worst.

“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.

But not all the babies came out intact. When there was difficulty, Karpen would dismember them, a process that was, according to the surgical assistant Deborah Edge, a bloody mess.

“Sometimes he couldn’t get the fetus out” she explained. “He would yank pieces – piece by piece – when they were oversize. And I’m talking about the whole floor dirty. I’m talking about me drenched in blood.”

Undercover investigation and a troubled past

It all began in early 2011, when Operation Rescue was conducting an undercover investigation of several Texas abortion clinics when it discovered that Karpen appeared to be violating the Texas informed consent law that required that abortionists give the state-mandated information personally on patient conference calls set up for that purpose. In addition to the improper use of a recording, he was not on the line to answer questions, as the law required. Operation Rescue’s Cheryl Sullenger filed a complaint with the Texas Medical Board concerning this violation.

Sullenger submitted a statement to the TMB noting Karpen’s documented history of problems, including series of botched abortions stretching back to 1988 when 15-year old Denise Montoya hemorrhaged and died after a 26-week abortion done by Karpen.

She told the TMB of a documented incident on February 6, 2005, when a sewer broke at Karpen’s Texas Ambulatory Surgical Center, located at 2421 N. Shepherd in Houston, causing sewage to spill into the parking lot of a neighboring car dealership. Maribeth Smith, an employee of the car dealership said she is convinced she saw human body parts mixed in with the sewage. She took photographs, believing the human tissue came from the clinic.

“Whether it’s legal or not, it’s not right,” Smith said. “This whole area is nothing but raw sewage and bloody pieces. There were little legs coming out from one side.”
A Health Department worker called 911 to report a second spill at the same abortion clinic. When asked who she was with she told the dispatcher, “Health Department…and we handle normal medical waste, but this is beyond us. He says he can see fetuses and fingers and everything.” (Emphasis in transcript.)

Sullenger hoped that the history of documented abuses would help convince the TMB to act swiftly to protect the public.

Whistleblower comes forward

The following month, Deborah Edge contacted Operation Rescue with her first-hand account Karpen’s practices after she had smuggled one of Operation Rescue’s Whistleblower flyers out of his clinic, knowing that she needed to call.

In addition to the accounts of the illegal late-term abortions, other abuses Edge witnessed included:

• Falsification of ultrasounds to produce younger fetal ages of babies over the legal limit or older fetal ages to extract more money out of women.
• Fraudulent billing practices.
• Surgical equipment not properly sterilized.
• Reuse of disposable instruments.
• Unqualified workers drawing and administering drugs.
• Late-term abortions done at 28 weeks and later. (Texas law permits only to 24 weeks.)
• Lack of adequate nursing staff.
• Concealing poorly kept logs from inspectors to prevent deficiency citations.
• Hiring nurses through a temp agency to work only on days when inspections are scheduled.
• Mistreating heavy women and inappropriately touching attractive women while under sedation.
• Sexual harassment.

Edge explained that Karpen was able to evade detection by having his workers hide sanitation logs and other incriminating documentation from inspectors on the occasions they would come by the clinic.

“Karpen might have a little newer equipment and a little cleaner clinic, but his shoddy practices certainly mirror those of convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell. Certainly if anyone deserved Board discipline, it was this guy,” said Sullenger.


Excel Spreadsheets

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Another piece of evidence was an Excel file that contained four months of abortion billing information for 2011. That file was given to Operation Rescue by an anonymous informant. The abortions listed all indicated that several abortion funds, including the National Abortion Federation Fund, the Hershey Fund, the Lilith Fund, and others had been billed for part of the abortion fee. The allegation made by the informant was that Karpen was bilking the funds out of money by over-billing them. While that allegation could not be substantiated by Operation Rescue, the list was revealing as to the price of the late-term abortions that the women all said were done beyond the legal limit and the amount of cash taken in to the clinic.

March, 2011, listed 33 abortions that were partially paid for with abortion funds or other sources. Over $38,000 in cash was paid by patients. The file showed 5 abortions that cost under $1,000, 7 abortions that were between $1,000-2,000, 12 abortions that cost between $2,000-$3,000, and 3 abortions that were over $3,000.

The greater the gestational age, the higher the abortion fee. How old were the two babies whose abortions cost $3,700? The file didn’t say, but the high figure seemed to confirm the allegations that abortions were being done very late — much later than 24 weeks.

Working together

Due to legal issues raised by the former clinic workers, Operation Rescue contacted attorneys at Alliance Defending Freedom, which handled many of the women’s legal concerns. Once the women quit their jobs, finances became an issue. Newman contacted Abby Johnson, whose new organization And Then There Were None, which offers support to former abortion clinic workers. She agreed to help the women with some financial assistance.

Amended complaint
The additional information gathered from Edge and the other women was quickly added to the original Texas Medical Board complaint filed earlier. Sullenger discussed the new information with TMB Inspector, Leslie Coe, who seemed to be conducting an investigation. As the other Karpen employees came forward with similar stories, their affidavits were submitted to Coe along with the video of violations taken inside the clinic and the photos of the huge babies Karpen had aborted.

Everything seemed to be progressing through the investigative process. The women were interviewed and Sullenger spoke on and off with Coe, who seemed cooperative and willing to take more information as it came in.

Settlement conference hearings were scheduled and hopes rose, but the hearings were repeatedly delayed and reset over the course of months until finally they were simply were not rescheduled.

“I thought that the additional information had sent the case back to the investigative phase and that the Board just needed more time to process everything. Medical Boards take a very long time to work through things. After being involved in numerous Board actions against abortionists, the delays seemed normal,” said Sullenger. “But apparently they weren’t.”

Mysterious dismissal

But then something changed.

“It was like someone turned the spigot off. Ms. Coe stopped returning my calls and did not acknowledge my e-mails. I could not account for the change in attitude,” said Sullenger. “Then I got the letter dismissing the case and was completely stunned by it.”
The letter, dated February 8, 2013, stated:

The investigation referenced above has been dismissed because the Board determined there was insufficient evidence to prove that a violation of the Medical Practices Act occurred. Specifically, this investigation determined that Dr. Karpen did not violate the laws connected with the practice of medicine and there is no evidence of inappropriate behavior, therefore no further action will be taken.

“I couldn’t believe what I was reading,” said Sullenger. “How could anyone look at those pictures of the two babies and still say ‘there is no evidence of inappropriate behavior’? No one even bothered to sign the letter.”

Going public

With the TMB out of the picture, Sullenger sought an opportunity to get the women’s stories recorded and evidence released to the public, an effort that required her to negotiate unexpected delays.

Then, while Sullenger was in Philadelphia reporting on the Kermit Gosnell murder trial, Mark Crutcher of the Texas-based Life Dynamics, Inc., a close associate of Operation Rescue’s, was able to make arrangements to get the interviews recorded.

The Gosnell trial and his convictions on 3 counts of first degree murder for severing the spinal cords of babies born alive during abortions at his filthy West Philadelphia abortion clinic has focused the national abortion debate onto the question of whether Gosnell’s behavior was an anomaly. Often in the courtroom conversation amongst reporters, many with very liberal world views, would shift to questions about whether others like Gosnell were out there breaking the law and subjecting women – and their viable babies that the law was supposed to protect – to unspeakable atrocities.

“Douglas Karpen is so like Kermit Gosnell that it is uncanny, from the illegal late-term abortions, to killing babies born alive, to even the sewers clogged with fetal remains,” said Sullenger. “But the most disturbing thing is that we know there are others out there who are maybe even worse than Gosnell and Karpen, who just have not been caught yet. How many? There’s just no way to tell, but that thought should give everyone pause to think. Can we really afford to allow abortion clinics to run amok without accountability? When we do, we get places like Gosnell’s ‘House of Horrors” and Karpen’s apparently illicit operation. The ones that pay the price for the lack of enforcement and oversight are those who can’t defend themselves from exploitation by men like them.”

Enforcement elusive

While states continue to enact pro-life laws that are designed to provide greater oversight and accountability to an out-of-control abortion industry, the matter of enforcement still remains the biggest challenge to bringing abortionists like Gosnell and Karpen to justice.

For years, Gosnell evaded accountability, shielded by a political atmosphere that ignored complaints and refused to inspect clinics out of fear of limiting access to abortions. That political climate was one in which Gosnell thrived. Karpen appears to enjoy the benefits of a similar political climate in Texas, which has inexplicably chosen to ignore a total of four former employees and the images of the babies Karpen dispatched in a similar manner that earned Gosnell two life sentences in prison.

Operation Rescue has finally made public Karpen’s identity in order to attempt bypass the stonewalling of the TMB and bring him to justice.

“We are asking all those who were appalled by the details of Gosnell’s behavior that have come out throughout the trial to take action to bring Karpen to justice in a court of law,” said Newman. “We know that it is possible to prosecute him because of the outcome of the Gosnell trial. We just need prosecutors like those in Philadelphia who are willing and courageous enough to enforce the law.”

Please take the time to contact the authorities below and ask for a full-scale investigation into Douglas Karpen’s abortion business.
Mike Anderson, District Attorney Harris County, Texas
1201 Franklin Street, Suite 600, Houston, Texas 77002-1923

Voice: (713)-755-5800
E-Mail: Armand_Stephanie@dao.hctx.net
Greg Abbott, Attorney General of Texas
Office of the Attorney General
PO Box 12548
Austin, TX 78711-2548
Voice: (512) 463-2050
E-Mail: robert.allen@texasattorneygeneral.gov
Texas Medical Board
333 Guadalupe
Tower 3, Suite 610
Austin, TX 78701
Voice: (512) 305-7010
E-Mail: verifcic@tmb.state.tx.us