The House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, chaired by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN) has been investigating the fetal parts industry since 2015, after The Center for Medical Progress released its undercover videos exposing the alleged sale of fetal parts. This month the Panel gave a Christmas present to multiple players in the abortion industry: referrals for criminal investigations to state attorney generals and the United States Department of Justice. Karpen was on this list.
Karpen came under scrutiny when late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell was discovered to be running what some in the media dubbed a “house of horrors.” Gosnell, currently in prison for the murder of a patient as well as the murder of three babies that were born alive during abortions, was considered by abortion advocates to be an anomaly. While they condemned his actions, they insisted Gosnell was an exception, not the norm.
However, halfway across the nation, Karpen’s abortion centers were revealed to be similar houses of horror. Shortly after Gosnell’s conviction, Karpen’s facilities were investigated. (Operation Rescue details the back story here.) Less than two years later, the Texas Medical Board dismissed the charges against Karpen, saying there was insufficient evidence that he violated the Medical Practices Act. Until this month, it appeared Karpen was getting off scot free. That’s where the Panel investigation stepped in.
While the referrals redacted the names, they inadvertently left Karpen’s name at the top of one of the documents:
Even if they hadn’t, the details of his abortion facilities make it clear which late-term abortionist the Panel is discussing. And the criminal referral letter contains troubling details of destruction. The letter tells of Karpen’s former medical assistants and office workers who describe him as “conducting himself with that depraved indifference to infant life and committing acts of murder.” It continues: