Before the shock and stench of Kermit Gosnell’s horrors was even allowed to dissipate, the lieutenant governor of Texas, David Dewhurst, has announced he is asking Harris County officials to investigate claims of abuse at a Houston abortion clinic.
As if horror movie sequels weren’t bad enough, we must endure one in real life: Gosnell 2.
According to Dewhurst’s official press release:
In a week when serial murderer Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of killing babies, I read with disgust about the allegations of Houston-based abortionist Douglas Karpen performing illegal late-term abortions surrounded by appalling sanitary conditions in his clinic. The Harris County authorities should perform a full-scale investigation and take action against those who broke state law.
The claims of abuse are positively Gosnell-esque. Three former employees claim in a video, released on May 3, that Dr. Douglas Karpen of Aaron Women’s Clinic performed illegal late-term abortions (past the 24-week limit), killed babies post-birth, and worked in unsanitary conditions.
The three employees—Deborah Edge, Gigi Aguliar, and Krystal Rodriguez—who could not be independently verified as clinic workers according to the Houston Chronicle, said that Karpen killed babies outside of the womb regularly.
“Most of the time the fetus would come completely out before he either 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. “I am pretty sure I was seeing at least three to four fetuses that were completely delivered in some way or another.”
The employees further stated that along with puncturing the soft spot, Karpen would also twist the neck of birthed babies. Photos, which were allegedly taken on the employee’s cell phones, show extremely graphic images of fully formed, mutilated babies.
If he wasn’t able to get the baby out, he would “yank pieces – piece by piece – when they were oversize,” Edge said, which would create a mess.
“I’m talking about the whole floor dirty,” she said. “I’m talking about me drenched in blood.”
The video was created by the pro-life group Life Dynamics per the request of Operation Rescue, another pro-life advocacy group which has been investigating Aaron Women’s Clinic since 2011 for other violations such as sexual harassment and unsanitary conditions.
The original investigation was dismissed by the Texas Medical Board because of “insufficient evidence to prove that a violation of the Medical Practices Act occurred.” The dismissal letter, addressed to Cheryl Sullenger from Operation Rescue, can be read here.
As a side note, aside from pro-life sites, a few blogs, a miniature blog post from the New York Times, and the hidden Houston Chronicle story (try finding it on their site – it is quite a challenge), no major news sources are picking up the story as of today.