In girl’s abortion, Kansas reviews doctor
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas’ regulatory medical board is weighing disciplinary action against a doctor who Planned Parenthood self-reported may have violated state law in handling a 13-year-old girl’s abortion.
The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts was to discuss Thursday a petition alleging Dr. Allen Palmer illegally failed to preserve fetal tissue from the 2014 abortion and submit it to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
The petition by the board’s deputy litigation counsel says Palmer was a part-time Planned Parenthood contractor solely tasked with performing abortions for patients in their first trimester.
According to the petition, the 13-year-old girl impregnated by her then-19-year-old boyfriend during consensual sex sought a surgical abortion in December 2014, when the fetus was nearly 11 weeks old.
Palmer performed an in-clinic abortion but failed to preserve fetal tissue extracted and submit it as required by state law, according to the petition.
The petition says Palmer’s attorney has insisted his client inadvertently violated the state law and regulations because he wasn’t aware of them.