Whistleblower claims Texas abortionist violating ultrasound law, doing illegal late-term abortions
Houston, TX, May 11, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An abortion whistleblower has come forward with allegations that Douglas A. Karpen, who operates two abortion clinics in the Houston area, is violating the new state law requiring abortionists to conduct ultrasounds on women 24 hours prior to an abortion, reports the pro-life organization Operation Rescue.
Karpen has a long and disreputable history as an abortionist, including two patient deaths and numerous abortion-related injuries. In 1989, a pro-life activist photographed the remains of a baby aborted at one of Karpen’s clinics at 28 weeks gestation. Images of that baby, now known as “Baby David,” are in use today by pro-life activists to expose the horrific brutality of abortion. (Click here to see Baby David - *warning* graphic)
“We are asking the Texas Medical Board to get involved and enforce the law,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation. “Karpen is an unsafe abortionist who has endangered women for years. But now he has crossed the line by refusing to comply with this new law. It is time to bring him to justice by revoking his license.”
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The informant, whose identity Operation Rescue says it is keeping confidential out of fear of retribution, also alleges that Karpen is guilty of a myriad of other violations ranging from sexual harassment to not washing or changing gloves to prevent contamination between abortion patients.
The complaint is asking for a full investigation into Karpen’s questionable abortion practices at Aaron Women’s Clinic and the Texas Ambulatory Surgical Center, also known as the Aaron Women’s Surgical Center.
The complaint further alleges that Karpen is engaged in the following:
• Fraudulent billing practices.
• Surgical equipment not properly sterilized.
• Falsification of ultrasound results.
• Late-term abortions done as late as 28 weeks. (Texas law permits only to 24 weeks.)
• Lack of adequate nursing staff.
• Concealing 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.
Karpen is already in hot water with the Texas Medical Board (TMB). Operation Rescue filed a complaint against him after abortion abuses were discovered during an undercover investigation of Texas abortion clinics last year. He is scheduled to appear before the TMB on May 16, 2012. He stands accused of violating the state’s informed consent laws.
Operation Rescue’s Abortion Whistleblower’s Program offers a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of abortionists who are violating the law.
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