HOUSTON, TX, March 17, 2014 ( – A Houston abortionist who has been accused of twisting the heads off of living babies with his bare hands has been sued by a former patient who says he caused her lifelong damage during an abortion.

Douglas Karpen, who runs Aaron Woman’s Clinic in Houston, allegedly perforated the woman's uterus during a late-term abortion. The lawsuit says the procedure left the woman with “permanent injuries.”

Pro-life observers have dubbed Karpen the “Texas Gosnell” following nightmarish testimony from three former employees who accused him of twisting the heads off newborn babies, suffocating babies by putting his finger down their windpipes, or placing living babies inside trash bags.


Deborah Edge, Krystal Rodriguez, and Gigi Aguliar told their story to the Texas-based Life Dynamics Inc. (LDI) last May.

“Most of the time the fetus [sic] would come all the way out before he either cut the spinal cord or introduced one of the instruments into the soft-spot of the fetus in order to kill the fetus,” said Deborah Edge, one of the employees in a videotaped interview. “Either that or twisting the head off the neck with his own bare hands.”

“Most of the time … the fetus would come completely out, and of course, the fetus would still be alive,” she said, adding that the doctor's assistants could see the newborns breathing.

Their testimony prompted Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and 20 Texas legislators to demand an investigation. The Texas Department of State Health Services and the Harris County District Attorney's Office investigated Karpen in May. But in December, a grand jury did not indict him.

“It’s not like this is anything new,” Life Dynamics President Mark Crutcher told LifeSiteNews.

“This is the same guy who killed a 15-year-old girl named Denise Montoya while doing a 'safe and legal' abortion on her” in 1985, Crutcher told LifeSiteNews.

Former patients who contacted Operation Rescue accused Karpen of slapping them, manipulating ultrasound results to charge women more money, and inserting laminaria into women’s cervixes without anesthesia if they do not pay an extra fee.

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Karpen regularly allows women he knows are injured to leave without medical treatment, “never telling the woman, 'Hey I ripped your cervix you need to get that looked at,'” Edge told Houston's News 92 FM.

The abortion in the most recent lawsuit occurred at 22 weeks, according to local media.

“The fact is, only the washouts, losers, and moral degenerates of medicine end up working at abortion clinics,” Crutcher said. “Karpen is no different.”