Video triggers calls for investigation of abortionist

Lt. Gov. Dewhurst: ‘I read with disgust’ allegations babies heads ‘twisted off neck’

Texas

By Gina Loudon

Editor’s Note: The graphic descriptions and images here may be upsetting to readers.

Authorities in Texas are calling for a formal investigation of an abortionist after reports surfaced that he was in the practice of killing babies born alive by twisting off their heads or shoving a surgical instrument into their brains.

“In a week when serial murderer Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of killing babies, I read with disgust about the allegations [against] Houston-based abortionist Douglas Karpen,” said Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a statement.

“The Harris County authorities should perform a full-scale investigation and take action against those who broke state law,” Dewhurst said.

The outrage follows the release this week by the Texas-based Life Dynamics of a video with accusations from three women who worked for Karpen.

The women explain that the abortionist sometimes would twist the baby’s head off his neck, shove a surgical instrument into the vulnerable baby’s brain through the skull, or shove a surgical instrument into the chest or abdomen.

The interview featuring Deborah Edge, Krystal Rodriguez and Gigi Aguilar provided proof, Life Dynamics said, “the lofty rhetoric of ‘choice’ may insulate those who work in the political and public relations arena, but the day-to-day reality for those who provide those ‘choices’ is to deal with the corpses and parts of corpses they pull out of their customers’ bodies.”

Mark Crutcher, the founder of Life Dynamics, said, “While the pro-life movement claims that abortion takes the life of a living human being, nobody on earth knows that better than the people who work at abortion clinics.”

Said Edge: “I thought, well, it’s an abortion you know, that’s what he does, but I wasn’t aware that it was illegal. … Most of the time we would see him where the fetus would come completely out and of course, the fetus would still be alive.

“He does a lot of huge abortions. A lot of the times, we would bring the big fetus[es] that were over age, we would re-open the bag and just look at it and be like, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s so big!’”

Life Dynamics said: “Simply put, this is abortion!”

The release of the video came just as Gosnell, who was convicted in Philadelphia of first-degree murder for cutting the spinal columns of babies born alive during his abortion procedures, was sentenced to multiple life terms in prison. He avoided the death penalty by agreeing not to appeal.

“During Gosnell’s trial, it became clear that organizations like Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Federation, and others within the pro-choice community were fully aware of what Gosnell was doing. But they kept quiet because this was a rock they did not want the public looking under. What they knew, and wanted to keep hidden, was that everything being done at this abortion clinic was within the standard operating procedures for every other abortion clinic in the country. So they, and their lapdogs in the media, started whistling past the graveyard,” Crutcher said.

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Carrie Williams of the Department of State Health Services told the Houston Chronicle the agency was aware of the allegations and “we are investigating.”

And Sara Marie Kinney of the Harris County District Attorney’s office told WND people are planning a “full scale investigation.”

“For nearly three years, authorities have ignored our complaints and done nothing while horrific late-term babies continued to be aborted in an apparently illegal and barbaric manner. Now, thanks to the outpouring of public pressure that has been brought to bear by the pro-life community, the authorities in Texas are finally beginning to act. It’s a big step in the right direction,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We hope this time they will follow through and that justice will be done.”

The Life Dynamics video itself explains: “Although the media, in concert with the American abortion lobby, is portraying this [Gosnell] as an isolated situation … the pro-life movement has been aware of similar stories for years and, today, additional examples are beginning to emerge.”

The interviews were conducted May 3.

Edge reported: “On many occasions … we would see the fetus breathing, the stomach moving. Then he would snip the spine.”

The women told how when the abortionist would use a “claw” to reach into the womb and dismember or otherwise kill the baby, the baby’s toes would go rigid and spread apart from the pain.

That, the workers explained, was so disturbing to them they had to avert their eyes.

“If they don’t feel … why would those toes spread open?” they asked.

There was, however, no obstacle to abortion at any time, they said.

“As long as the patients had the cash he was going to do it,” they said.

A lobbyist for Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion business in the United States, said a doctor and a mother should be allowed to decide to kill a newborn who survives an abortion.

The Planned Parenthood comments came at a recent Florida legislative hearing from Alisa LaPoit Snow, who was opposing a proposal that would require a doctor to provide care to an infant whom an abortion failed to kill.

Lawmakers were stunned, asking the same question over and over.

“So, it is just really hard for me to even ask you this question because I’m almost in disbelief,” said Rep. Jim Boyd. “If a baby is born on a table as a result of a botched abortion, what would Planned Parenthood want to have happen to that child that is struggling for life?”

Snow’s response?

“We believe that any decision that’s made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician.”

In the Florida hearing, the same, or very similar, questions followed several times, as if the lawmakers could not believe the position advocated by Snow.

“You stated that a baby born alive on a table as a result of a botched abortion, that that decision should be left to the doctor and the family. Is that what you’re saying?” asked Rep. Jose Oliva.

Snow didn’t change her response.

“That decision should be between the patient and the health care provider,” she said.

When one lawmaker suggested at that point the “patient” also would include the newborn, Snow responded: “That’s a very good question. … I would be glad to have some more conversations with you about this.”

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336 million abortions under China’s one-child policy

More than half a billion birth control procedures, including at least 336 million abortions, have been performed in the name of the one-child policy, China’s Health ministry revealed yesterday.

336 million abortions under China's one-child policy

The incoming Chinese leadership has already moved to dismantle the Family Planning Commission Photo: Alamy
 

The figure illustrates the enormous impact that the one-child policy has had on China in the four decades since it began.

Official statistics showed that in addition to the terminations, Chinese doctors have sterilised 196 million men and women since 1971.

Perhaps unexpectedly, most people in China support the one-child policy, believing that the country would have suffered an impossible drain on food and resources without it, according to a 2008 survey by the Pew Research Centre, which found more than three in four Chinese were in favour.

There are more than 13 million abortions a year, or 1,500 an hour, in China, according to government researchers, who blame the high figure on a lack of sex education.

Fewer than ten per cent of sexually active couples regularly use condoms, according to the state-run Science and Technology Research Institute. By comparison, there are roughly 11 million abortions each year in India.

China’s demographics have been dramatically skewed by strict family planning. Last year, the working age population shrank for the first time in 50 years, a serious threat in an economy built on a huge pool of cheap labour.

The incoming Chinese leadership has already moved to dismantle the Family Planning Commission, which has enforced the one-child policy, sometimes brutally.

“We need to find a new family planning policy to fit with the times,” said Huang Jiefu, a former vice minister at the Health ministry, after seeing the Family Planning Commission merged into the Health ministry.

“Where else in the world can you find a Family Planning bureau? It was quite appropriate to fold it into the ministry,” he added.

Wang Feng, a population expert and director of the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy in Beijing, told the Wall Street Journal that the government had begun the process of bringing the policy to an end.

Government officials have said the merger will not affect this year’s family planning targets. But Mr Wang said the denials were “a measure to save face and a recognition that they can’t announce all the change in one day”.

“The National Population and Family Planning Commission was created for a single mandate of controlling population growth and now they no longer have that, those powers have been dissolved.

“What the government is doing is a major political move and they cannot make or announce all the policy changes that go along with it in one day. They know they cannot dismantle everything all at once. It is going to take some time.”

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University of Chicago performing abortions on campus

Offers medical, surgical procedures in 1st, 2nd trimesters of pregnancy

The University of Chicago (UC) actively performs abortions on its campus.

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The University of Chicago appears to be one of the only schools in the nation to perform abortions on campus.

On the official website, the school’s Ryan Center Clinic advertises “comprehensive health care for women seeking abortion services” and lists multiple procedures students may undergo.

It is not unusual for schools to provide contraception or referrals to abortion clinics to students, but UC appears to be one of the only universities in the nation to perform the controversial procedure on campus.

The university offers medical abortions and surgical abortions in the first and second trimesters of pregnancy, says the website.

UC declined to say how many abortions are performed by the clinic each year and a spokesperson was not made available to Campus Reform for comment, despite multiple requests.

Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America, however, responded to the news of an on-campus abortion clinic in an emailed statement to Campus Reform.

“When 46% of abortions are performed on college-aged women, it is no wonder that abortion facilities decide to set up shop directly on campuses to target their best customers,” she said.

Hawkins added that “abortion is not health care” and said she was saddened to see a school provide abortions on campus.

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