Texas Abortionist Who Allegedly Killed Born Alive Babies Referred for Criminal Investigation

HOUSTON, Texas — A Texas abortionist who allegedly killed numerous infants who survived abortion procedures has been referred to the state attorney general for a criminal investigation.

Douglas Karpen, who operates the Aaron Women’s Clinic, the Texas Ambulatory Surgical Center and the Women’s Pavilion in Houston, as well as the Northpark Medical Group in Dallas, was referred to Attorney General Ken Paxton on Dec. 7.

The Congressional Select Panel on Infant Lives announced the referral on Wednesday following its ongoing investigation into abortion providers nationwide.

According to the letter sent to Paxton, the abortionist is accused of “conducting himself with depraved indifference to life and committing acts of murder.” Panel Chair Marsha Blackburn writes that several of Karpen’s former employees have come forward to detail the abortionist’s practices of killing babies that were born alive.

One employee, whose testimony is detailed in the correspondence, said that she witnessed Karpen “snipping the infant’s spinal cord with scissors; cutting the neck with Sopher forceps or similar instruments; twisting the infant’s head [or] using forceps, other instruments, or his finger to crush the ‘soft spot’ of the infant’s head…”

Another employee testified that she had been told by a co-worker that on one occasion, the baby opened its eyes and latched on to Karpen’s hand as he was about to throw the child in a bag for disposal.

Blackburn believes that the cases constitute violations of the federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act and the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, as well as Texas homicide law.

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“These murders alleged against Karpen occurred on a repeat basis, and all occurred pursuant to his course of conduct as a provider of abortion who was alleged to have systematically killed any infant aborted while showing signs of life,” she wrote.

Karpen is also accused of falsifying sonogram records in relation to the gestational age of the baby, some of which are stated to be in the third trimester, as well as failure to properly store medications and follow sterilization and disposal practices.

As previously reported, Karpen had been investigated by county officials in 2013 over his alleged practices, but was cleared by a grand jury, which concluded that there was insufficient evidence for an indictment.

“The issuance of the referrals completely repudiates the actions of Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson, who committed a gross injustice by protecting Karpen from accountability,” Operation Rescue said in a statement on Thursday in light of the new criminal referral. “May justice finally be done!”

The Congressional Panel on Infant Lives has now submitted 15 criminal referrals in its investigation into the practices of abortion providers and their business partners, including in regard to the alleged illegal sale of baby body parts for profit.

“We have seen instances in which profit-driven procurement businesses acting in conjunction with clinics violate women’s privacy rights under HIPAA. We have seen consent forms misrepresenting to women that cures for still uncured diseases have resulted from fetal tissue,” Blackburn said in a statement. “It is disturbing to see so many cases where there is barely the pretense of consent or no consent at all before the remains of a baby are taken by researchers.”


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