In girl’s abor­tion, Kansas re­views doc­tor

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

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.

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