20th abortion clinic in Texas shuts down in aftermath of law

Inside the Texas Capitol

by Melissa Barnhart

Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas—Twenty abortion clinics in Texas have closed after
an abortionist who practiced out of a Dallas facility, the most recent closure, was
unable to obtain admitting privileges at area hospitals.

The Northpark Medical Group abortion clinic that is affiliated with two other clinics
owned by Houston abortionist Douglas Karpen, who has allegedly killed babies born
alive during routine late-term abortions, has closed its doors.

According to Kyleen Wright, president of Texans for Life Coalition, when she and
other pro-life advocates first started petitioning lawmakers to craft a bill requiring
abortionists to have admitting privileges at area hospitals, they had no idea that so
many would be considered a liability, and thus unable to obtain privileges.

“We knew that there were some really bad actors out there as we did our research,
but among all of the doctors that we and others had identified, we found that two
thirds of them did have privileges,” Wright told The Christian Post.

She continued, “So we had no idea what kind of impact it would have on abortion
clinics. We couldn’t tell how many – among the two thirds that had privileges – were
just occasional abortion doctors but had other medical practices. And I think that
we’ve all been thoroughly shocked by how many can’t get hospital privileges.”

Douglas Karpen, who is allegedly running a Texas “house of horrors” at his Aaron
Women’s Clinic in Houston where he’s been accused of cutting the necks of babies
born alive like abortionist Kermit Gosnell did, has the Northpark Medical Group clinic
listed as being one of the abortion facilities he owns.

Abortionists who have been identified as working most recently at that clinic include
Robert Prince, Arthur John Brock, who is now retired, and Robert E. Hanson, who has
recent accounts of disciplinary actions taken against him, which, according to Wright,
could be the reason why he’s unable to obtain admitting privileges at any of the
hospitals located within 30 miles of the abortion clinic that he’s applied to, as required
by state regulations that went into effect last fall.

Wright believes Northpark Medical Group was likely down to one abortionist, possibly
Prince, who’s 85, before it closed, but noted that many abortion doctors move from
clinic to clinic on a frequent basis, and some own or co-own several clinics, all under
different names.

Requiring abortionists to obtain hospital admitting privileges became a top legislative
priority for Wright and her organization after first hearing the stories of two women
who claimed to have been sexually assaulted at a North Texas abortion clinic by the
same abortionist. One of these women, she said, continues to be pro-choice, but
wanted to share her personal abortion experience with the pro-life group.

“This was our top legislative priority last session,” Wright added. “We had been
interested in this legislation for about 10 years and had been talking to other groups
but it didn’t take off until a woman, who is still very committed to pro-choice abortion
rights, came to us and told us about a bad experience she had.”

Pro-life advocates believed that HB2, which was passed by the Texas legislature and
signed into law by Republican Gov. Rick Perry last July, would weed out the more
unscrupulous abortionists in the state who have been accused of sexually assaulting
women in their clinics, are not protecting women’s health by misinforming them about
problems that occurred during their procedures, or who refuse to meet health and
safety standards that are now required by the state.