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

August 10, 2017


— 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 December 2014 abortion and submit it to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

The petition — by Susan Gering, 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.

Palmer has been licensed in Kansas since 2008 to practice osteopathic medicine and surgery and had it renewed in October of last year, according to the petition, which presses for Palmer's license to be revoked, suspended, placed on probation, censured or otherwise limited.

It was not immediately clear Thursday if Palmer still provides services to Planned Parenthood, which did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

A man who answered the telephone at a suburban St. Louis listing for Palmer hung up Thursday on an Associated Press reporter. The petition says Palmer's attorney has insisted his client inadvertently violated the state law and regulations because he wasn't aware of them and had not received training on the relevant Planned Parenthood policies and procedures involving the treatment of minors.

According to the petition, the 13-year-old girl impregnated by her then-19-year-old boyfriend during consensual sex sought a surgical abortion at Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri Inc. in December 2014, when the fetus was nearly 11 weeks old.

Palmer, while filling in for a vacationing medical director, performed an in-clinic abortion but failed to preserve fetal tissue extracted and submit it to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation as required by state law, according to the petition. Kansas requires collection of fetal tissue for any abortion performed on a minor under the age of 14. The procedure was Palmer's first involving someone younger than 14.

Planned Parenthood argues that Palmer "found it unnecessary to familiarize himself in detail with (Kansas) laws requiring the preservation of fetal tissue extracted during an abortion procedure" on a minor.

On Jan. 16, 2015, Aaron Samulcek — then the chief operating officer of the regional Planned Parenthood affiliate — filed a complaint with the board against Palmer.


Jillian Andrews 10 months, 2 weeks ago

This is obscene. It could be right out of "Handmaid's Tale". This information, fetal tissue, etc. is NO ONE'S BUSINESS and should be a private health care-protected act. SICK, SICK, SICK what these trap laws are doing to women and young girls.

Andrew Applegarth 10 months, 2 weeks ago

What's obscene is you wanting to protect the rapist rather than the victim.

If you are going to be so callous as to claim it's just a clump of cells to justify abortion, you certainly can't give it some elevated status to keep it from being treated as evidence in a felony investigation.

Jillian Andrews 10 months, 2 weeks ago

You don't know what transpired. The bottom line is IT'S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.

John Middleton 10 months, 2 weeks ago

But we DO know what happened! She states that she had sex with a 19yo adult. At 13 she does not have the legal ability to consent, thus the crime of rape was committed. The doctor destroyed evidence in a crime situation. The 19yo is a sexual predator.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I think the guy should be punished, but if they were really boyfriend/girlfriend, and especially if the parents were aware of their daughter dating an older guy, he shouldn't be put on the sexual predator list. Each of these situations need to be looked at separately. There are people on that list who shouldn't be there. There are even guys on the list, who later married their underage girlfriends. But he still should be punished, but maybe not for the rest of his life, if he isn't a true predator.

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Bob Summers 10 months, 2 weeks ago

What's obscene is the government inculcation of children that "safe sex" is ok.

Bob Summers 10 months, 2 weeks ago

You little minx. Going all Andrea Dworkin on me.

Bob Smith 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Had the media not engaged in a cover-up, Kermit Gosnell would be widely known as the most prolific serial killer in America.

Richard Heckler 10 months, 2 weeks ago

How would not submitting tissue protect a rapist? The carrier of the sperm was known according to the news article.

Andrew Applegarth 10 months, 2 weeks ago

It's called a lack of physical evidence. While the article indicates that it was consensual sex between the two of them, it does not indicate if that is merely her story or if the 19 year old has admitted it. If he disputes the charge, without the tissue sample to prove paternity, it is just a "he said / she said" case.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 10 months, 2 weeks ago

13 year olds cannot have consensual sex. It's called statutory rape. A 13 year old cannot give consent.

Andrew Applegarth 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I know. That's why I referred to the 19 year old as a rapist in my first comment. If you reread the comment that you replied to, you'll see I clearly said "the article indicates that it was consensual sex". Perhaps I should have put it in quotation marks to make it easier for you to understand that those were not my words, but that they came from the petition via the article. Maybe I should have editorialized that it was a false statement, but I was just focused on answering Richard's question.

For that matter, neither can a 14 or 15 year old consent, so I don't understand why the law uses 14 instead of 16 for the cutoff to require evidence submission.

Monica Turner 10 months, 2 weeks ago

This article is proof our laws need to be updated and changed. Teens are becoming sexually active much younger but supposedly they cannot consent. This gives teens the power to destroy and damage the lives of others. If they cannot consent to sex or major medical decisions they shouldn't be given this power. This teen dated an older guy and thet had sex. Now he's labeled a rapist and may end up on the sex offenders list. It will follow him the rest of his life and make it harder to get a job. She gets to return to her life and continue being sexually active as if nothing happened. See how this works? Any teen can consent to having sex with an older person or send sexual pictures of themselves to others. They don't get punished but the other people do how is this justice? A teen sends a dirty photo to another teen and gets caught. The teen who recieved the photo gets charged with having pornography. The teen who sent it isn't punished though I would think that by sending it it should be considered distributing. Again a teen sleeps with someone older the other person is punished for rape. Doesn't it remind you a bit of the people who accuse innocent people of rape? The accused faces prison time and being labeled a sex offender and rapist. This girl chose to date the older guy. She chose to have sex with him. She then chose to have an abortion. Yet the fact he's a few years older means he raped her and forced her to get an abortion to cover up his crime. Would this be a news story if the boyfriend was 13? If he is punished she should be punished as well.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I think it would be better if we showed older teens the consequences if they don't confirm the age of the person with whom they are having sex. There are times when I think the age difference should be taken into consideration when pressing charges, but 13? We need to teach boys to protect themselves, and say no to sex. They can, you know. They need to confirm the girl's age, and even if the girl is dancing naked in front of him, he needs to walk away.

That being said. I think they need to look at each situation separately for putting them on the sexual predator list. That list should only include real predators. Not some boyfriend who didn't keep his pants zipped.

Scott Burkhart 10 months, 1 week ago

Was it rape? Was it consensual? Is the rape law a just one? Do we need to educate teen boys abut sex? (As if no education has existed in the last 3 decades)

Nowhere do I hear any outrage that Planned Parenthood performed an abortion on a 13 year old girl. The fetal tissue was not turned over because it would have triggered an investigation into why PP allowed this to happen.

Here's a question for you: Were the parents of the girl aware she was planning to have an abortion? Why is PP allowed to donate to candidates after receiving federal tax dollars? Why does the money going to PP not fall under the Hyde Amendment that prohibits federal tax dollars from funding abortions? How many more underage abortions have been performed without reporting them?

Phill Kline uncovered 166 underage abortions performed by Rex Tillerson's clinic that were never reported. Rex Tillerson never saw a day in court over it because the fix was in from the Governor's office. Louis Lepke, from the 1930s, ran a mob organization nicknamed Murder, Inc. I always felt this was a good nickname for Planned, to kill my child, Parenthood.

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