TOPEKA, Kansas, August 11, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – An abortionist may lose his license or face other disciplinary action after he committed an abortion on a 13-year-old and failed to save baby body parts as is required by law when the patient is so young.
The abortionist is Dr. Allen Palmer. The abortion in question happened at Planned Parenthood in December 2014.
On Thursday, Palmer told the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts that Planned Parenthood hadn't told him his patient's age and that he wouldn't have done an abortion on a girl so young.
When an abortion is committed on a girl younger than 14, the abortionist must “preserve fetal tissue from the abortion and submit it to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation or a KBI-approved lab,” the Associated Press reported. This is to comply with regulations in case there is a future criminal investigation, presumably of a sex offender or rapist.
“Teenagers today, the way they dress, I can't tell how old anybody is,” Palmer told the medical board.
“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,” said Palmer. “I'm telling you that I did not know and I would not have proceeded if I had known.”
Planned Parenthood blames Palmer.
Palmer said the Planned Parenthood employees who counseled and prepared the 13-year-old for the abortion should have told him her age.
“They go through counseling,” he said. “They go through screening. I'm the last person in line for them. If there's a problem, the staff raised it to me or they notified me somehow.”
“Here's an abortionist that was caught breaking the law, yet he can only shift the blame onto others, then claim he had no need to understand Kansas law,” Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue told LifeSiteNews.
According to the Associated Press, Planned Parenthood says Palmer no longer works for the abortion conglomerate.
“This kind of reckless, above-the-law attitude requires stiff disciplinary action, especially in light of his criminal and disciplinary background,” said Sullenger.
Operation Rescue details Palmer's criminal past on its watchdog website AbortionDocs.org.
In 1979, he spent time in jail after pleading guilty to filing a false corporate tax statement.
Missouri almost revoked his medical license in 1981, but placed him on probation and ordered him to do community service at a hospital instead.
Florida and Illinois have also previously fined and placed Palmer on probation, according to Operation Rescue.