Kansas scrutinizes doctor over 13-year-old girl's abortion

2 years 6 months 1 week ago Friday, August 11 2017 Aug 11, 2017 Friday, August 11, 2017 8:37:00 AM CDT August 11, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on Kansas medical regulators weighing whether to discipline a doctor over a teenager's abortion: (all times local):

5:10 p.m.

A doctor facing possible disciplinary action over allegations that he broke Kansas law in handling a 13-year-old girl's abortion told medical regulators he was unaware of the patient's age — and that staff at the Planned Parenthood clinic was to blame.

Dr. Allen Palmer told the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts during a hearing Thursday that he would have relied on Planned Parenthood's staff to inform him if the patient during the December 2014 procedure was younger than 14 because he didn't do abortions on patients so young.

Palmer is accused of failing to preserve fetal tissue from the 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.

The board deferred a ruling, which is expected within 30 days.

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2:30 p.m.

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 on Thursday was to discuss 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.

The petition says Palmer's attorney has insisted his client inadvertently violated the state law and regulations because he wasn't aware of them.

A man who answered the phone at a Missouri listing for Palmer hung up on the reporter.

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