Houston doctor accused of illegal abortions formerly of Lufkin

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A doctor who worked in both Lufkin hospitals in the 1970s has been accused by a whistleblower group of illegal abortions.

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst stated on his website that the Harris County District Attorney's Office has launched a full-scale investigation into Douglas Karpen, who is accused of aborting fetuses well beyond the legal limit of 24 weeks in Texas.

"The photos show babies that are huge, with gashes in their necks, indicating that these babies were likely born alive, then killed, just as Kermit Gosnell did at his 'House of Horrors' clinic in Philadelphia," stated Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, on the group's website. "In fact, there are numerous similarities between Karpen and the Gosnell case, including the disregarding of complaints by the authorities that allowed both men to continue their illegal operations."

The Texas Medical Board website shows Karpen worked at Lufkin Memorial and Woodland Heights hospitals from September 1975 to October 1979 in Ob/Gyn surgery.

The Operation Rescue website explains that three informants have come forward with the photos as the result of a whistleblowers program, which offers a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of abortion doctors who are breaking the law.

One of the whistleblowers describes how Karpen would wait until the fetus was completely out of the body and still alive before he would kill it. She said it would happen several times a day.

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