The mainstream media and Hollywood didn’t think it was a story when late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell killed more people than Gary Ridgeway, John Wayne Gacey, The Zodiac Killer and Ted Bundy combined. In a 30 year killing spree, it is believed that Gosnell killed thousands of babies. Fortunately Gosnell got his just desserts and will spend the rest of his life in prison for first degree murder. And now Gosnell’s story will finally be told. Fearless filmmakers Phelim McAleer and his wife Ann McElhinney, both journalists by trade and producers of Not Evil Just Wrong and FrackNation, are planning on turning the story, based largely on grand jury testimony and documentation from Gosnell’s trial and the media’s blackout thereof, into a TV Movie, which is being funded wholly by individuals via Indiegogo. I wrote about Gosnell and the upcoming movie here.
Just when we thought we could take a collective sigh of relief that this murderer is off the streets, it turns out there is another “Gosnell” roaming free. My good friend Ken Wahl (American film and television actor, best known for the CBS television crime drama Wiseguy), first offered his support for the Gosnell project, and then asked me if I was aware of another late-term abortionist by the name Dr. Douglas Karpen of Houston, Texas. I had to admit that I’d never heard of him. Wahl said he only stumbled upon Karpen’s story through word of mouth and, upon his own research, thought Karpen made Gosnell look like Mary Poppins. I had to see for myself.
Douglas Karpen operated two abortion clinics in the Houston area, focusing primarily on late term abortions. Last year, Karpen was accused of delivering live fetuses during third-trimester abortions and killing them by either snipping their spinal cord, stabbing a surgical instrument into their heads or “twisting their heads off their necks with his own bare hands,” according to Karpen’s ex-assistant, Deborah Edge. Other times the fetus was so big he would have to pull it out of the womb in pieces. Edge told the gruesome details in an Operation Rescue video, which had prompted a criminal investigation into the doctor. The allegations against Karpen were not only based on information acquired from four former Karpen employees, including Edge, but also from photographs of dead late-term babies taken by some of the workers on their cellphones. The grisly photos showed very large aborted babies that were nearly decapitated.
The informants also told Operation Rescue that Karpen routinely did abortions beyond the legal limit of 20 weeks (a fetus is considered viable at 24 weeks), which seemed to be supported by photographs. Lifenews.com, has published cell phone photographs taken by the employees of fetuses with gashes in their necks after they were killed at the clinic (warning: Images on the above link are graphic.) Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said he had read the allegations “with disgust” before calling for a full investigation into Karpen and his clinics.
One would think that all this evidence would be enough to put this murderer in jail for life, right? Wrong.
Shockingly, a Houston grand jury has refused to indict Karpen after a months-long investigation into allegations of illegal late-term abortions and the killing of babies born alive at his two abortion clinics.
Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said, “I respect the grand jury’s efforts on this difficult case, but I do not want anyone to reach the wrong conclusion from this no-bill. Notwithstanding the outcome of this case, this office is ready and willing to prosecute doctors who perform abortions that violate Texas law. In this case, however, an independent grand jury concluded, after lengthy investigation and deliberation, that the evidence does not justify an indictment.”
“The refusal to indict Karpen is a gross miscarriage of justice. The grand jury has essentially freed Karpen to continue to violate Texas laws and take the lives of late-term babies that the law was meant to protect,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “It’s upsetting to know that the kind of brutality shown in the photos taken at his clinic will be allowed continue.”
Around the same time, Texas state Senator, Wendy Davis, kickstarted her campaign for governor and instantly became the darling of the left, after filibustering Texas’ tough new law that bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Davis even got a shout out from the President. The irony is not lost when late-term abortionist Karpen is still roaming free in the same state.
No matter where you stand on the pro-choice / pro-life spectrum (full disclosure, I’m pro-choice – limited to the first trimester), the mere fact that creeps Kermit Gosnell and Douglas Karpen aren’t garnering much media attention should sound off loud alarm bells. The media’s silence is almost like giving these murderers a license to kill. And the people who pay the price for the lack of enforcement and oversight of these doctors and their clinics are mostly poor and desperate women and their defenseless babies who can’t protect themselves from such exploitation. But possibly the most disturbing thought is that there may others out there who are as bad as or even worse than Gosnell and Karpen, but who just have not been caught yet. How many? There’s just no way to tell, but that thought alone should send chills up everyone’s spine.
Read more about Douglas Karpen. Warning, the videos are gruesome: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2325786/Douglas-Karpen-Second-house-horrors-abortion-clinic-investigated-Texas.html