by Steven Ertelt
April 14, 2008
Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — The Kansas state agency that regulates doctors is getting bashed from two state pro-life group that say it made the wrong decision to close a probe on an abortion practitioner. The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts had been investigating allegations that Sherman Zaremski failed to report the rape of an 11-year old girl that resulted in a pregnancy.
The case had been assigned to an investigator from the KSBHA to look into an abortion Zaremski did on the young girl in Wichita at the now closed Central Women’s Services abortion business.
After the abortion, Zaremski allegedly allowed the girl to return to her stepfather, Robert Estrada, who sexually abused the young girl and her sister over several years.
The abuse resulted in four pregnancies, according to the group and the young girl in question later gave birth to twins on her 12th birthday.
The KSBHA recently closed the investigation with the finding that Zaremski did not violate the state’s Healing Arts Act even though it appears he concealed the sexual abuse.
Cheryl Sullenger, an Operation Rescue spokeswoman, told LifeNews.com on Monday she can’t understand the basis for the decision.
She said the agency had access to court documents, medical records, and news reports that "clearly showed" Zaremski never reported the 11-year old child’s pregnancy and abortion, as required by law.
"This was an open-and-shut case of violation of the law mandating the reporting of suspected cases of child sexual abuse," she said.
"We call on the KSBHA to reopen this case in light of the recent resignations of Board staffers responsible for not disciplining other abortionists," she added.
Kathy Ostrowski, the legislative director for Kansans for Life, also talked with LifeNews.com about the situation.
"For over 16 years, Kansans for Life has met similar resistance from the Board to disciplining abortionist illegalities," she said.
"There have been multiple cases, including an illegal and non-reported abortion on an incest victim aged 13 by an abortionist the Board said was too old to discipline, a drug-abusing abortionist diagnosed as out-of -touch with reality and an abortionist twice labeled a danger to the public," she explained. "All three were allowed to continue in practice."
Ostrowski said the failure of the medical board to prosecute the abortion industry will continue thanks to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius recently appointing Myra Christopher to the board.
Christopher is a member of Planned Parenthood’s advisory board.
The closing of the case and the timing of the announcement came during a politically charged time.
Two days after the announcement, Executive Director Larry Buening and Chief Counsel Mark Stafford resigned after both houses of the legislature called for their firing.
"This seems to have been Buening and Stafford’s last act to protect obvious wrongdoing in the abortion industry. We believe that decision must be revisited," said Sullenger.
Estrada was sentenced in October 2006 for the rapes, which were reported to authorities by an adoption agency that had been contacted because of another pregnancy.
The girls’ mother, Patricia Estrada, was also sentenced for knowing about the sexual attacks, but doing nothing to stop them.
Zaremski continues to run an abortion business in Kansas City, known as Aid for Women.
"Innocent girls remain in grave risk today because their abusers can feel free to enlist abortionists to help them cover up for their crimes with confidence that they will never be reported. Kansans should be sickened and outraged by this latest gross lapse in judgment by the KSBHA," she concluded.
Pro-life groups are asking people to contact officials to reopen the case.
ACTION: Ask for the Board to reopen Zaremski Case Number 07-00384. Contact: Lisa Stevens, Litigation Counsel at (785) 296-2075 or email [email protected].