A Kansas medical board is considering whether to suspend or revoke a Planned Parenthood abortionist’s license after he failed to follow the law regarding a 13-year-old’s abortion.
Allen Palmer is a traveling abortionist from Missouri who has been tied to criminal allegations in the past. Palmer now is facing possibly disciplinary action related to an abortion he performed at a Kansas Planned Parenthood in 2014, The Daily Mail reports.
Kansas requires that abortion facilities submit tissue from the aborted baby to the state Bureau of Investigation for patients younger than 14. The law helps provide information for cases involving the sexual abuse of minors.
Palmer did not collect or submit the tissue to the bureau in the 13-year-old’s case, according to the report.
On Thursday, a state medical board heard testimony about the incident and considered whether to suspend or revoke his medical license. The board has not reached a decision yet about disciplinary action.
During his testimony, Palmer accused the clinic staff of not informing him of the young girl’s age, and said he would have collected the additional information if he had known her age.
“I’m as shocked and awed by this failure as anybody here, but they want to hang it on me, and maybe that’s the way it is,” Palmer said. “I’m telling you that I did not know and I would not have proceeded if I had known.”
Here’s more from the report:
According to the petition, the 13-year-old girl impregnated by her then-19-year-old boyfriend during consensual sex sought a surgical abortion at what then was known as Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri Inc. in December 2014, when the fetus was nearly 11 weeks old.
Palmer, while filling in for a vacationing medical director, performed an in-clinic abortion but failed to meet a state requirement that fetal tissue be turned over to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation for any abortion performed on a girl younger than 14.
When questioned about why he did not ask the girl’s age, Palmer said he relies on counselors and nurses to inform him when there is an issue that he should be aware of.
A spokesperson for the Kansas Planned Parenthood told the AP that Palmer no longer works for them.
According to Operation Rescue, Palmer worked part-time for Planned Parenthood in Kansas for years. During his time there, the Overland Park facility was “charged by former District Attorney Phil Kline with 107 criminal counts related to illegal late-term abortion and manufacturing evidence to cover their crimes. Those charges were eventually dismissed after incriminating evidence in the custody of the State Attorney General’s office was mysteriously destroyed,” according to the pro-life group.
Palmer also worked part-time for South Wind Women’s Center, another abortion facility in Kansas. It is not clear if he still works there.
In 1979, Palmer was convicted of corporate tax evasion and spent time in prison, according to the pro-life group. He also had his medical license suspended in Missouri for two years and later was placed on five-year probation.