Kansas Legislature Says State Board Fails to Oversee Abortion Centers

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 19, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 19
, 2006

Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — A new report from the Kansas state legislature says that the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts, the agency responsible for regulating doctors and medical clinics, does a poor job of overseeing abortion centers in the state.

The KSBHA has come under fire for dragging its feet on poor conditions at two abortion facilities and failing to charge late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller in the botched abortion death of a mentally disabled teenager.

The report, released by the Legislative Post Audit Committee reveals serious problems in the way the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts operates.

One concern the committee cited involved the KSBHA’s current policy of only investigating complaints when three have been filed against a physician over a three year period. If less than three complaints are filed in that time period, the complaints go uninvestigated, potentially leaving patients at risk.

The audit also revealed that the medical board often takes years to come to a decision, allowing doctors who are providing substandard care to continue practicing without restriction.

Operation Rescue President Troy Newman responded to the new report and said he’s not surprised by the results because he feels pro-abortion Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has stacked the KSBHA with cronies who refuse to hold abortion centers and practitioners accountable.

“We call for the immediate resignation of Board Director Larry Buening,” he said in a statement LifeNews.com obtained. “The Board is in critical condition and only an infusion of new blood can cure its ills.”

“In fact, we call for the appointment of a new board by the Legislature," he added. The appointments must be taken out of the hands of pro-abortion Gov. Kathleen Sebelius or else the Board will end up in worse shape than it is now."

“It is obvious that the Board, under Buening’s leadership, has not done its job of protecting patients,” Newman explained.

He pointed to its failure to discipline abortion practitioner Krishna Rajanna for keeping filthy conditions at his now defunct abortion business and "in their apparent cover-up for abortionist George Tiller in the death of Christin Gilbert, which was obvious even to the grand jury that investigated Christin’s death.”

Newman pointed to a study last May by the public interest group Public Citizen that gave the KSBHA a failing score of 44.1 out of 100 possible points.