Just recently, members of the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts were horrified to learn that an abortion doctor in Kansas unwittingly performed an abortion on a 13-year-old girl. As a consequence, he lost his job and may lose his medical license.
According to reports, Allen Palmer, a well-known abortion doctor associated with Planned Parenthood, admitted to performing a first-trimester abortion on the teen, who was impregnated by her 19-year-old boyfriend, at a Planned Parenthood in Kansas while speaking to officials at a medical board hearing earlier this week. Palmer was at the hearing because Planned Parenthood self-reported him to the board for breaking a state law regarding abortions on girls under 14.
Although it is technically legal for a 13-year-old girl to get an abortion in the state of Kansas, there are strict laws about doing so. Specifically, in addition to receiving consent from the child’s parents, abortion facilities are required to submit tissue from the dead fetus to the state Bureau of Investigation if their patient is younger than 14. The purpose of the law is to provide authorities with as much information as possible for cases involving the sexual abuse of minors.
Palmer, however, failed to collect and submit the necessary tissue sample of the 13-year-old girl’s aborted baby. When Planned Parenthood found out about this, they fired him and turned him into officials on the state medical board, who promptly held a hearing to determine whether or not he should be stripped of his medical license.
During his hearing, Palmer claimed that he didn’t follow proper procedures because he didn’t know that the girl was only 13 and pleaded with the board to allow him to keep his license. “I’m telling you that I did not know and I would not have proceeded if I had known,” he testified, noting, “I’m as shocked and awed by this failure as anybody here, but they want to hang it on me, and maybe that’s the way it is.”
Douglas Milfeld, a Wichita physician who’s on the board, struggled to believe that Palmer didn’t know the girl’s age. “It never entered your mind [to ask the patient how old she was],” he asked.
“I really don’t ask them, because teenagers today, the way they dress, I can’t tell how old anybody is,’ retorted Palmer. “They go through counseling. They go through screening. I’m the last person in line for them,” he explained, noting, “if there’s a problem, the staff raised it to me or they notified me somehow.”
Palmer’s attorney, Tom Theis, insists that his client did nothing wrong by relying on other staff members. “It was not unreasonable for him to rely on staff,” he told the board during the hearing.
Interestingly, this is not the first time Palmer has broken the law. Back in 1979, a U.S. District Court in Missouri threw him in jail and gave him a fine after he pleaded guilty to filing a false corporate tax statement. Two years later, he was placed on probation. Instead of taking away his Missouri medical license, the judge suspended it for two years and ordered him to do community service at a local hospital.
Despite being a convicted criminal, which was supposed to prevent him from being licensed in Kansas, when he applied for a medical license back in 2008, the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts unanimously voted to issue him one. The board’s decision, however, was not extremely surprising. This is because, at the time, it was being led by then-Executive Director Larry Buening. Buening, who worked with former Governor Kathleen Sebelius, a well-known supporter of abortion, is considered by many to be extremely unethical. Shortly after the board voted to give Palmer a license, he was accused of corruption and forced to resign.
Given the many risks associated with abortion, negligent doctors like Palmer must not be tolerated. Hopefully, the board members do the right thing and revoke his medical license, which he shouldn’t have had to begin with.