A Texas abortionist might be facing serious charges, after the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced they have begun an investigation into the alleged murder of babies at his Houston clinics, The Christian Post reported.
The FBI announced that their investigation will aim to determine if Dr. Douglas Karpen did, in fact, kill babies who were born alive by snipping their vertebrate. The allegations against Dr. Karpen bear a eerie resemblance to those against convicted murderer and former Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell.
According to The Christian Post, in 2012, four women approached the pro-life activist group Operation Rescue, to tell them of Karpen’s illegal abortion techniques. They told the group that Karpen killed the babies after they were born alive, and provided photographic evidence.
Almost six years later, the FBI has decided to open a case against Karpen. A letter from the U.S. Department of Justice sent to Operation Rescue this month states that the FBI is investigating Karpen’s activities due to criminal referrals they received in 2016, from the House Select Panel on Infant Lives.
Operation Rescue’s Senior Vice-President, Cheryl Sullenger, wrote in a statement that she was “encouraged” by the FBI’s letter, which confirmed that they were finally launching an investigation.
“After having personally attended the Pennsylvania trial of Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted of murdering living babies after failed abortions, I knew we could never give up seeking prosecutions for Karpen’s similar crimes,” stated Sullenger. “We are grateful for this new FBI investigation that has renewed our hope that Karpen may finally be brought to justice.”
This isn’t the first time someone has investigated Karpen. In 2013, Operation Rescue convinced the Harris County District Attorney’s office to launch an investigation into his practices as well. They looked into the abortion clinics he overseas: Northpark Medical Groups in Dallas, and the Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center and Aarons Women’s Clinic, both in Houston.
Life Dynamics, a pro-life group from Denton, Texas, was able to interview three of Karpen’s former employees about the abortionist’s actions. They released the video of the interview with the women in 2013.
Despite the video testimonies, a grand jury ruled that Karpen was not guilty of murder. Months later, Chip Lewis, Karpen’s attorney, stated that the government was not looking into Karpen.
“This exhaustive investigation needlessly cost the taxpayers of Harris County and the state of Texas hundreds of law enforcement man-hours,” Lewis said, according to the Houston Chronicle. “Those responsible for bringing these wholly unfounded allegations against Dr. Karpen will be held responsible for their crimes.”
Three years later, Karpen’s case was brought up again, but this time by members of Congress. The House of Representatives’ Select Panel on Infant Lives decided that new action should be taken against Karpen, and sent a letter to the Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton urging him to launch a new investigation.
“In light of the gravity of the allegations outlined above and the supporting documentation, I urge your office to conduct a thorough investigation into whether [Karpen] violated federal and state law, and, if you agree that such violations occurred, to take all appropriate action,” wrote Panel Chair Marsha Blackburn.
The House Select Panel then referred Karpen to the Department of Justice on December 7, 2016. Then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch did not touch the case.
One year later, in 2017, the House Select Panel presented the case to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In August, Cheryl Sullenger wrote to Sessions, pleading with him to open a case against Karpen’s barbaric activities.
“We are grateful for this new FBI investigation that has renewed our hope that Karpen may finally be brought to justice,” Sullenger said.
(H/T: The Christian Post)