by Steven Ertelt
April 12, 2005
Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — A Kansas state agency is continuing the suspension of an abortion practitioner who violated health and safety codes at his abortion business in Kansas City. The Board of Healing Arts temporarily suspended Krishna Rajanna’s medical license after inspectors found a rodent in the facility and open containers of medical waste.
The suspension came in March and Rajanna told the board earlier this month that the problems have been corrected.
However, according to an Associated Press report, hearing officer Nancy Welsh, a doctor, decided his license should be suspended 30 more days so the full board could look into his case.
Lawrence Buening, the BOHA director, told AP that the agency could end the suspension, impose fines, continue the suspension or permanently revoke Rajanna’s medical license.
When the board meets, it will consider the abortion practitioner’s previous violations when it meets later this month.
Pro-life advocates have criticized the BOHA for dragging its feet on investigating Rajanna’s problems, which were first reported to the agency in 2003.
An employee at the abortion facility first reported the problems.
She witnessed firsthand the lack of safe medical procedures at the abortion facility where she worked, including the use of dishwashers as sterilizers, lack of background checks and medical training for medical assistants, lack of such simple procedures as cleaning the table between abortions or monitoring vital signs of patients during or after the abortions, and the storage of aborted children placed in the same refrigerator as food.
In comments to a state House committee, she said that all medical waste, including bio-hazardous and contaminated was taken to Rajanna’s home and placed on the curb at his home for residential pickup.
The BOHA agency is also investigating the death of a woman at a Wichita late-term abortion facility run by George Tiller. The investigation was ordered by Governor Kathleen Sebelius, who received criticism for vetoing a bill that would have held abortion businesses to high health and safety standards.