DOJ Informs Operation Rescue that Neck-Twisting Texas Abortionist Referred to Houston FBI


Houston abortionist Douglas Karpen.

Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Justice has informed Operation Rescue in a letter dated May 11, 2018, that abortionist Douglas Karpen has finally been forwarded to the FBI Houston Field Office for “any action deemed necessary” related to crimes that include the murder of living babies after failed abortions.

The case actually began in 2012, when four women who worked at Karpen’s Houston area abortion facilities contacted Operation Rescue with information that he was violating the law. Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Vice President of Operation Rescue, received photos of large babies that one Karpen employee had taken at his abortion facility with her cell phone that workers said had been born alive then killed by slashing or twisting their necks.

On May 15, 2013, Operation Rescue released a report along with the photos that supported allegations that Karpen was murdering babies that survived the abortion process. Other alleged crimes included sexual harassment and/or abuse of employees and patients.

That report and ensuing complaints prompted a grand jury “investigation” that declined to indict Karpen. Operation Rescue later learned that grand jury was tainted by improper communications between then District Attorney Devon Anderson and Karpen’s criminal defense attorney Chip Lewis, who were close family friends. Lewis later donated $25,000 to Anderson’s political campaigns.

Operation Rescue then forwarded the information about Karpen’s alleged crimes to the U.S. House Select Panel on Infant Lives that was tasked in 2015 with investigating evidence that Planned Parenthood was engaging in the illegal trafficking of aborted baby remains for profit.

On December 7, 2016, the House Select Panel referred Karpen to the Department of Justice under former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for investigation and prosecution. In 2017, the House Select Panel renewed its criminal referral of Karpen to the DOJ under Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Sullenger wrote to Sessions in August 2017, asking for him to open an investigation into Karpen’s alleged crimes, especially the allegations that he murdered babies born alive during abortions.

“The letter I received from the Department of Justice is encouraging. The photos depict wounds inflicted on those babies that could not have been done inside the womb. 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 proseccutions for Karpen’s similar crimes,” said Sullenger. “We are grateful for this new FBI investigation that has renewed our hope that Karpen may finally be brought to justice.”

Read the letter

Photos of Babies 1 & 2 by cherylsullenger on Scribd

Testimony: Fatal Injuries Resulted from Rho’s Single-Day Dismemberment Abortion of 6-Month Old Pre-Born Baby

By Cheryl Sullenger, with Lauren Handy

Queens, NY — The manslaughter trial of abortionist Robert Rho resumed on Wednesday with a short day of testimony.

Rho is standing trial on one count of Second Degree Manslaughter (Reckless Homicide), a Class C Felony, for causing the death of Jaime Morales, 30, during a severely botched second trimester abortion in 2016.

An observer for Operation Rescue, Lauren Handy, has been in the courtroom all week. No other media outlets have had a presence in court.

The most significant testimony heard this week, was that of Dr. Steven Chasen, who sits on the Executive Board of the New York City Planned Parenthood. Chasen served as an expert witness for the prosecution, using autopsy photos to point out to the jury internal injuries Morales suffered during her botched late-term abortion.

Chasen had testified that Rho had lacerated her uterus and uterine artery, sliced through her cervix and cut deep into her vagina during the dismemberment abortion. Morales was bleeding so badly that Rho returned her to the procedure room for a second abortion. While there, he attempted to suture her injuries, but he could not repair them all.

Finally, in an attempt to make it appear that her bleeding had stopped, Rho “cinched” her cervix shut, forcing the blood to pool into her abdominal cavity. Even though she was non-responsive, Rho released her at approximately 6:30 p.m.

“It is shocking that Rho did not call an ambulance for Moralas. He had to understand that she was still hemorrhaging internally. Instead, from what we know so far, he butchered her and her baby then kicked her to the curb to die,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

The reason for the horrific extent of Morales’ injuries was made clearer with testimony on Wednesday from a Queens Homicide Squad Detective, who was present at Rho’s abortion facility when a search warrant was executed on July 14, 2016, just five days after Morales’ fatal abortion. Her name was stated in court, but Handy could not make it out.

The detective was told to focus her search on finding laminaria sticks, which are thin dilators that are inserted into the cervix and expand as they absorb the natural fluids of the body. This is done to widen the cervical opening enough to insert abortion instruments and extract dismembered parts of the baby’s body during a Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) abortion.

According to testimony, instead of taking two days to do the abortion, which would have allowed the cervix to be prepared with laminaria and Misoprostol overnight, Rho had attempted to conduct a second trimester abortion on Morales in just one day.

This rush to get the abortion done in only a single day would have made opening the cervix more difficult and risky, and was a contributing factor to the internal lacerations and tears that Morales suffered.

The detective testified that she found no evidence of laminaria sticks during the search of Rho’s facility.

On cross examination, defense attorney Jeff Lichtman handed the detective a crime scene photo taken during the search on July 14, 2016. He pointed to white boxes shown in the photo and asked her to identify what was in the boxes. She did not know but was informed that they were laminaria dilators.

A second crime scene photo with similar white boxes was shown to the witness who was forced to admit that they did contain laminaria. This testimony upset the victim’s family, who were present in court observing the trial.

Lichtman questioned the witness about personal notes she had taken when she interviewed the victim’s sister, who had attempted to drive Morales home after the abortion. Lichtman questioned why certain information was in her personal notes but was left out of her official report. This included information provided by the sister that Morales was a heavy drinker. The witness became defensive at the line of questioning and Lichtman attempted unsuccessfully to have her declared a hostile witness.

The detective had also interviewed some of Rho’s employees. One of them, referred to as Kelly Sue, indicated she had seen Rho put pills into the victim’s vagina on the day of the abortion, but was not sure about laminaria because it was his custom to manually dilate. Kelly Sue also had told the detective that another staff member, Grace, had taken Morales’ vitals once after the procedure but before she went into the bathroom.

Under questioning by prosecutor Brad Leventhal, the detective testified that she had asked the victim’s sister why Morales was so insistent on getting the abortion when she was so far along. The detective was told that Morales had lupus and also “went to a couple of parties and drank a lot” during the beginning of the pregnancy.

The witness also clarified that Kelly Sue told during her interview that Grace did not recheck Morales’ vitals after she passed out in the bathroom and hit her head.

The second and final witness of the day was Dr. Bradley Adams, who is a forensic anthropologist with the NYU School of Medicine. Adams is an expert in the field of the structure of the human skeleton and specializes in studying trauma related to bone injuries.

Adams’ testimony concerned Morales’ baby. He described the state of the baby’s remains when he first examined them. He told the jury that the baby’s head was decapitated and the right and left arms were partially detached. An x-ray was taken of the remains to document what bones were present.

Adams displayed the x-ray for the jury and pointed out two bones in the baby’s ankle and heel. Those bones form during the 24-26th weeks of pregnancy. Adams explained that he also measured the pelvis and compared the measurements to studies showing that bone size correlates with age.

Adams determined that the Morales baby was 24-26 weeks gestation at the time of death, which was consistent with an ultrasound done at Rho’s facility that indicated the baby was 25.1 weeks gestation.

“The Morales baby was nearly six months gestation. That is a big baby. It is horrifying to think of a baby that big being torn from the womb. No wonder there were so many internal injuries to the mother,” said Newman. “She was essentially butchered in the process.”

Adams also confirmed the previous testimony of abortionist Steven Chasen by informing the jury once again that a “fetus’ life begins when sperm meets egg.”

That concluded testimony for the day. Dr. Arup De, an anesthesiologist who had testified on Monday, was scheduled to resume his testimony Wednesday, but for unknown reasons was not called to the stand.

The prosecution is tentatively scheduled to rest its case today, after which it will be the defense’s turn to put on its case.

If convicted, Rho faces a penalty of 3 1/2 to 15 years in prison.

Operation Rescue will continue to report on this trial as it progresses.

Read our previous report on this trial.

Curtis Boyd Under Investigation by NM Medical Board in Abortion Patient’s Death

By Cheryl Sullenger

Albuquerque, NM – A complaint filed by pro-life activist Tara Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico has prompted the New Mexico Board of Medicine to initiate a board complaint in order to further investigate abortionist Curtis Boyd, 80, and his conduct during a late-term abortion complication that left Keisha Atkins, 23, dead on February 7, 2017.

In a letter from the New Mexico Medical Board dated March 2, 2018, Shaver was notified that a review by the Board’s Executive Committee determined that Shaver’s allegations warranted “further formal review to determine whether the licensee [Boyd] is in violation of the Medical Practices Act.”

Because the NMMB does not accept third-party complaints, the Board notified Shaver that it would initiate a board complaint in order to proceed with their investigation.

This abortion-related death is particularly troubling in light of a criminal investigation that is currently underway by the U.S. Department of Justice into Boyd’s Albuquerque late-term abortion business, Southwestern Women’s Options (SWO) and the University of New Mexico (UNM). A U.S. House investigation found that UNM had aggressively worked to increase second and third trimester abortions at SWO, which, in turn, became UNM’s largest provider of aborted baby tissue and organs. The House investigative panel issued criminal referrals of SWO and UNM to the DOJ because it found that the SWO/UNM baby parts arrangement violates state and federal law.

Shaver learned of Atkins’ death in August 2017. She later obtained Adkin’s autopsy report along with a CAD printout of a 911 call placed by SWO on February 7, 2017 – the date of Adkin’s death. In consultation with Operation Rescue, it was found that both documents raised serious questions about the mishandling of Adkin’s medical emergency, and suspicions of an attempted cover-up.

“UNM and Boyd’s abortion business carry a lot of political power in New Mexico. It’s possible that cover up of Atkins’ true cause of death was politically initiated to keep the heat off Boyd who was already the target of a Federal investigation,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Atkins was estimated to be in her sixth month of pregnancy or later when she reported to Southwestern Women’s Options on January 31, 2017, to begin a four day late-term abortion procedure that was to be done by the elderly Boyd. Four days later, on February 3, 2017, Atkins returned to SWO for the completion of the abortion where she displayed labored breathing and signs of sepsis, a systemic, life-threatening infection.

An ambulance was called to transport Atkins from the abortion facility to UNM Medical Center for emergency treatment, but it was later cancelled. Atkins eventually was transported to UNM Medical Center by unknown means where she died hours later.

The autopsy suspiciously claimed Atkins’ pregnancy was the cause of her death, and that her pregnancy resulted in a fatal “pulmonary thromboembolism due to pregnancy.”

However, closer inspection of results within the autopsy report revealed that the patient’s cause of death was more likely attributable to a septic infection caused by repeated insertion and removal of laminaria dilators, along with the fact that she carried her dead baby for four days after Boyd initiated his or her death in the womb on the first day of the abortion procedure. It is also possible that unsanitary conditions or practices contributed to the development of sepsis.

That infection triggered the fatal onset of a clotting disorder called Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC), which resulted in internal organ hemorrhaging and pulmonary thromboembolism.

“We commend Tara Shaver and Abortion Free New Mexico for their diligent work in documenting this abortion patient death and the suspicious circumstances that surrounds it. The fact that the very liberal NMMB is pursuing an investigation into Boyd’s possible violations of the Medical Practice Act validates Shaver’s concerns and ours about his negligent conduct,” said Newman. “Keisha Atkins deserves justice and her family deserves closure. We are cautiously hopeful that this new investigation will accomplish both.”

Read the 3/2/2018 NNMB letter to Shaver.
Read Abortion Free New Mexico’s 3/8/2018 press release.
Read more information about Atkins’ death and her autopsy findings.

Planned Parenthood Accused of Breaking Ohio Parental Consent Law in Teen Abortion

By Cheryl Sullenger

Akron, Ohio – A complaint has been filed with the Ohio Attorney General’s office accusing an Akron Planned Parenthood office of violating laws requiring parental consent before a minor can receive an abortion, according to a document obtained by Operation Rescue.

The complaint form, which was received by Operation Rescue in an unredacted form, was filed on July 27, 2017, apparently filed by a parent who stated of Planned Parenthood, “They performed an abortion o[n] a 16-year-old without parental consent.”

Notations on the form indicated that the case was assigned to two different complaint specialists, who referred the case to Constituent Services on August 1, 2017. There was no further action noted.

OH Complaint PP Akron Redacted 2 by Cheryl Sullenger on Scribd

The Planned Parenthood center in Akron does not do abortions, but provides abortion referrals to their Bedford Heights office. The Akron center will also schedule abortion appointments over the phone for their Bedford Heights location.

“It is possible that the Akron Planned Parenthood was involved in the illegal abortion by referring or scheduling the young lady for an abortion at another Planned Parenthood facility that did not obtain parental consent,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

Failing to obtain parental consent is not only against the law in Ohio, but it places minor girls at risk, particularly if they are the victims of child sexual abuse.

This complaint supports a growing body of evidence that Planned Parenthood has engaged in a nationwide pattern of ignoring parental consent and notification laws nationwide. These violations go hand-in-hand with the concealment of child sexual abuse, which is also a known Planned Parenthood practice.

“If the Ohio Attorney General’s office finds that Planned Parenthood did indeed break the parental consent laws for minors, it should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Newman. “Planned Parenthood must not be allowed to flout the law and behave as if they know better than parents, lawmakers, and prosecutors. This scofflaw attitude not only places minors in jeopardy, but is also an attack on the rights of parents and the rule of law. I hope the Ohio Attorney General’s office will bring a speedy prosecution.”

In Light of Abortion Patient Death, New Mexico Rep. Pearce Seeks Federal Investigation Before Statute of Limitations Runs Out

By Cheryl Sullenger

Albuquerque, NM – Rep. Steve Pearce has sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions seeking an investigation and prosecution of the University of New Mexico and its partner, Southwestern Women’s Options, the largest full-term abortion facility in the U.S.

Pearce’s letter expresses urgency for a Federal investigation for the following reasons:

• The New Mexico Attorney General’s office has been too slow to act on two criminal referrals made by the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, allowing many of the charges to expire under the statute of limitations. (Referral 1, Referral 2)
• The statute of limitations is quickly approaching the rest of the allegations against UNM and Southwestern Women’s Options.
• There has been one documented death of an abortion patient at Southwestern Women’s Options this year, raising concerns that the dangers at SWO must be immediately addressed.

Pearce remind Attorney General Sessions that women travel to New Mexico from all over the country to receive abortions. This thriving abortion business, which specializes in abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy, profits from interstate commerce, making the issue a federal concern.

Pearce was especially troubled about the February 4, 2017, death of Keisha Atkins from a botched late-term abortion she received at Southwestern Women’s Options.

“On February 4, 2017, a woman tragically died at SWWO facilities after receiving a late-term abortion. This raises more questions about the reckless behavior of the SWWO. In 2016 alone, the National Abortion Federation reportedly referred more than 200 Texas patients to New Mexico for abortion related procedures. With hundreds of women flocking to New Mexico to receive these dangerous procedures, something must be done” Pearce wrote.

Tara Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico uncovered the death of Keisha Atkins, 23, and obtained her UNM autopsy report that wrongly indicated Atkins’ pregnancy – not her abortion – caused her death. However, an analysis of the autopsy report clearly shows that determination was a cover-up of the truth that Atkins died a painful, panic-filled death as the result of complications that could only have resulted from the late-term abortion.

On April 19, 2017, Rep. Pearce, along with several leaders from state and national pro-life organizations, including Operation Rescue, attended a press conference with Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Chairman of the House Select Panel, that called for New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas to act immediately on the Select Panel’s criminal referrals that allege UNM and Southwestern Women’s Options were willing partners in the sale of aborted baby remains in violation of state and federal laws.

Later that same day, Balderas’ office acknowledged during a meeting with leaders of Operation Rescue, Abortion Free New Mexico, and several other pro-life groups that the referrals were under active investigation, yet there has been little progress.

On June 26, 2017, Operation Rescue president Troy Newman sent a letter to Balderas urging him to investigate criminal allegations against UNM and SWO with all urgency, but no response to that letter was ever received.

“The delay by Balderas’ office seems intentional to protect UNM and SWO from any consequences for their actions, whether it be the illegal sale of aborted baby body parts or their participation and cover-up of death of Keisha Atkins,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “As New Mexico’s ‘Top Cop,’ Balderas is committing a shocking betrayal the citizens of New Mexico by allowing his ideological cronies in the abortion business to commit crimes without consequence. U.S. Attorney General Sessions must do better than Balderas if the rule of law and the lives of women like Keisha Atkins are to mean anything.”

Read Rep. Pearce’s Letter to AG Sessions

Please contact the office of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and demand that the Department of Justice conduct an immediate criminal investigation of UNM and the Southwestern Women’s Options abortion business.

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