Kansas Seizes Medical Records After Abortion Doc Dumped Them
by Kathy Ostrowski | Topeka, KS | LifeNews.com | 5/2/12 4:19 PM
Judge Franklin Theis of Shawnee County (which includes the state capitol of Topeka) has allowed the Kansas state Healing Arts Board temporary custody of patient records from ex-Kansas City abortionist, Krishna Rajanna.
By law, medical records are supposed to be kept in safe storage for ten years after a licensed practitioner closes, but thousands of abortion records turned up in a recycling bin in northeast Kansas near Rajanna’s residence in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park.
Associated Press reports today, “The State Board of Healing Arts went to court last week for custody of the discarded documents plus others still in the possession of Krishna Rajanna. Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis granted the board’s request Monday.”
A woman who accidentally found the medical records in a school recycling bin brought them to The Kansas City Star newspaper March 24. Two days later, “The Star reported about the discovery of the records, mostly from 2001 and 2002, in a recycling bin outside an Overland Park elementary school. The records included patients’ names, addresses, phone and Social Security numbers and health histories, along with details of their pregnancies.”
According to the follow up Star report, Rajanna claimed he “wasn’t jeopardizing the privacy of women… he was protecting the environment by not burning the paper records of the services they’d received.”
The Star continued, “Peter Brownlie, chief executive officer of the Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, called the dumping of the records ‘awful’.” [This is an ironic comment coming from the very Planned Parenthood accused of falsifying patient records found missing during prosecution for illegal abortions--a prosecution stalled by destruction of official state abortion records under the Sebelius administration!]
Kristin Neuhaus, another failed abortionist who started out with the Aid for Women Clinic, is in the final stage of losing her medical license for failure to meet standard of care. She still retains patient records and discussed how she periodically burns them here.
Kansans for Life records show that after he failed as an internist, Rajanna joined the Aid for Women abortion clinic in Kansan City, Kansas. (Aid for Women sued the state to fight reporting underage abortions as proof of statutory rape; they are now suing the state, in Judge Theis’ courtroom, opposing a 2011 state law enacting abortion licensure and oversight.)
After fights with the owner/abortionists, Rajanna left Aid for Women and opened his own competing clinic 3 blocks away. Both clinics had special discount offers and “sale days” for abortions.
Rajanna was either fined or disciplined four times by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, including issues of failure to follow drug and informed consent protocols. Shocked police officers called in to the Rajanna abortion clinic on an unrelated matter in 2003, rushed to the Kansas City, Kansas District Attorney to report that the Rajanna abortion clinic was unbelievably filthy, roach-ridden and disgusting.
The Board refused to help the D.A.. Even after then-Attorney General Phill Kline revealed photos of the Rajanna clinic taken by a whistleblower staffer, then-governor Kathleen Sebelius’ vetoed a clinic licensing bill for the second time. She asserted that Kansas ‘enjoyed the finest healthcare’ and didn’t need clinic state oversight and it was unfair to ‘pick on’ abortion clinics.
As the issue of a filthy clinic with a refrigerator full of fetal parts and pre-filled drug syringes did not go away– and threatened Sebelius’ re-election– the Board revoked Rajanna’s license in the summer of 2005. Rajanna fought and lost an appeal of that action.
LifeNews.com Note: Kathy Ostrowski is the legislative director for Kansans for Life, a statewide pro-life group.