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Doctor Suspended After Failing To Take Sample Of 13-Yr-Old's Fetus To Prove Disturbing...

A former doctor is accused of violating the law when he failed to take a tissue sample during an abortion. The patient was 13 years old, and the law calls for tissue samples from the fetus of anyone age 14 and younger to be preserved. As soon as Planned Parenthood in Kansas realized the doctor’s mistake at their facility they reported it to authorities. The doctor's license to practice medicine had been suspended.

The young, unnamed teen patient reportedly had sex with her 19-year-old boyfriend. According to Kansas law, a legal adult having sex with a child under the age of 14 is statutory rape.

Dr. Allen S. Palmer was supposed to take a tissue sample when he performed an abortion on the 13-year-old patient. This sample should have been sent to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation or some other approved lab, and would have proved useful in a case against the older boyfriend.

The incident was reported to the medical board by Planned Parenthood Great Plains. The doctor was filling in for the medical director at the Planned Parenthood clinic, who was on vacation at the time of the girl's abortion. The routine procedure was performed during the first trimester and the staff neglected to specify the patient's age.

Less than a month after the girl's abortion, the mistake was realized by the medical staff at the facility. Palmer, who was a part-time contractor for Planned Parenthood, no longer provides services for the medical center, and Planned Parenthood reported the issue to authorities.

Palmer admits that he made a mistake because he didn't realize the girl's age. He says he relied on Planned Parenthood staff to inform him when a patient under the age of 14 because he normally didn't perform abortions on girls that young. He told the board he was 'as shocked and awed by this failure as anybody here'.

The doctor admitted that he failed to review the patient's medical history. The board argued that he would have known her age had he simply read her history.

The board also recommended to Planned Parenthood that they review their procedures for patients, making their ages more readily identifiable to caregivers through electronic medical records. The board noted some 'inadequacies' in the organization's procedures.

"The potential injury from this violation is severe in that a failure to preserve and submit fetal tissue may hinder a criminal prosecution," said an order by the State Board of Healing Arts.

Palmer's license was suspended for 90 days. The suspension will be in effect in the state of Kansas until December 7. The St. Louis-based doctor can still practice in Missouri.

Palmer has the right to request that the board reconsider the decision, or, if he wishes, he can file a lawsuit to overturn it. The doctor has not made himself available for comment, nor has he expressed any plans on whether he will be taking further action to appeal the decision.

Source: Daily Mail
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