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

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by Melissa Barnhart  May 21, 2014


Newscast Media AUSTIN, TexasTwenty 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.  Add Comments>>


















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