Abortion Practitioner Loses License in Kansas After Safety Issues
by Steven Ertelt
June 12, 2005
Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — A Kansas agency has permanently revoked the medical license of a Kansas City abortion practitioner cited repeatedly for violating health and safety standards at his abortion facility. Krishna Rajanna closed his abortion business two months ago when his license was temporarily suspended.
In a unanimous vote on Friday, the Kansas Board of Healing Arts decided to remove Rajanna’s license for good.
A BOHA inspector made two surprise visits in March to Rajanna’s abortion business and reported that the facility was unclean, Rajanna and his staff kept syringes of medications in an unlocked refrigerator, and he found a dead mouse in the hallway.
Rajanna told the Associated Press that he had not been given an opportunity to correct the problems, but this wasn’t the first inspections where problems were found. He also told the board in early April that the problems had been corrected.
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 to sterilize equipment, as well as lack of background checks and medical training for medical assistants.
The former employee also cited 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, the former abortion facility staffer also 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.
Board members said Rajanna shouldn’t need the board’s constant reminders to keep a clean facility.
Robert Manske, Rajanna’s attorney, said his client may appeal the decision to a district court, but no determination has been made.
Manske told AP that the decision would hurt the poor clients in lower class portions of Kansas City, where the facility is located. However, Nancy Welsh, a Topeka-area doctor and member of the board, replied that poor women deserve better than the shoddy treatment they received at the abortion business.
Rajanna had also been disciplined in 2000 and 2001 for not testing patients for their blood types and not properly labeling medications.
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.