Kansas Suspends Abortionist’s License for 90 Days for Violations During Abortion on 13-Year Old

Abortionist Allen S. Palmer

Topeka, KS – The Kansas Board of Healing Arts has suspended the osteopathic medicine license of Allen S. Palmer, 78, for 90 days. The suspension is due to be completed on December 7, 2017.

Palmer was working part time for Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood in Overland Park, Kansas, on December 22, 2014, when a 13-year old girl presented for a surgical abortion. Palmer failed to check her medical records for age prior to the surgery, then failed to preserve fetal tissue from the abortion, which, by law, is supposed to be submitted to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation in the event a criminal investigation is warranted.

Planned Parenthood reported Palmer’s violation. In return, Palmer blamed a “system failure” at Planned Parenthood for the violation since staff did not advise him of the patient’s age.

The Board of Healing Arts found that Palmer had an independent duty to abide by the law and ensure his own compliance, and found it was wrong for him to conduct a surgical abortion without having looked at the young patient’s medical record or history.

The Board of Healing Arts found that Palmer had committed the following violations:

• Unprofessional conduct;
• Conduct likely to harm the public and hinder a criminal investigation;
• Failure to properly supervise, direct or delegate actions required of a licensee.

“Palmer works at a number of abortion facilities in Kansas, so his suspension is likely to have a large effect on abortion businesses in this state, and will likely save lives,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Palmer conducts abortions at Planned Parenthood in Overland Park, South Wind Women’s Center in Wichita, and at Whole Women’s Health in Peoria, Illinois. He has also been known to work for Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, Missouri, since his own St. Louis area abortion facility closed in February, 2011.

Only the Kansas locations will be affected by the suspension order.

This is not Palmer’s first disciplinary encounter.

In 1979, Palmer was incarcerated and fined after he pleaded guilty to filing a false corporate tax statement in a U.S. District Court in Missouri.

In 1981, Palmer’s home state of Missouri placed him on probation and ordered him to perform charity service at a St. Louis area hospital in lieu of surrendering his license.

Palmer was subsequently fined and his licenses placed on probation by Florida and Illinois.

“It is unusual to see Planned Parenthood throw one of their abortionists under the bus, but in this case, it was probably to save themselves from being charged,” said Newman. “We are just glad that for now there is one less abortionist in Kansas. That is great news for women and their babies.”

Read the final suspension order.
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Legislation to Defund Planned Parenthood Must Pass By End of September or Face Lengthy Delay

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – Operation Rescue is joining with the Susan B. Anthony List and Family Research Council in support of the Graham-Cassidy Repeal and Replace Obamacare legislation that would also defund organizations like Planned Parenthood and divert the money instead for comprehensive health care.

There is a sense of urgency to passing this legislation because the Fiscal Year 2017 ends on September 30. If the bill is not passed before then, it would be off the table until next year.

“The Graham-Cassidy bill may not be perfect, but it would divert money from abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood, which currently receive over a half-billion taxpayer dollars each year,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “A health care bill can be improved upon later, but it is imperative that the funding of businesses that conduct abortion be ended now. Defunding Planned Parenthood will literally save lives.”

Please contact your U.S. Senators today and ask them vote in favor of the Graham Cassidy-Repeal and Replace Obamacare bill.

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8th Circuit Temporarily Allows Missouri to Block Abortion Licenses for 3 Planned Parenthood Facilities

By Cheryl Sullenger

Jefferson City – Late yesterday, the full Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals stayed a preliminary injunction issued by a lower court that had blocked enforcement of existing Missouri abortion safety laws requiring abortionists to maintain hospital privileges within 30 miles of the place where they conduct abortions.

It is now expected that no facility license will be issued to three Missouri Planned Parenthood offices that applied for licensing to conduct abortions under the injunction. Those offices are in Columbia, Springfield, and Joplin.

“I applaud the Eighth Circuit’s decision,” Attorney General Josh Hawley stated in an e-mail to news outlets. “The health and safety of Missouri women will now be protected while the court considers the merit of our appeal.”

Friday’s stay is a temporary one pending the outcome of the state’s appeal of the preliminary injunction, which will now be heard before the full Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. It came just days after another ruling that allowed the state to seek the stay.

Missouri pro-life activists were equally thrilled about the ruling that will keep abortions out of the three communities, which they consider an answer to prayers.

The new ruling came just days before the Planned Parenthood office in Columbia was expected to be licensed for surgical and medication abortions.

None of the three Planned Parenthood facilities are in compliance with the hospital privilege rule or the facility requirements of the existing law.

“We are very grateful for the last-minute reprieve from the Eighth Circuit that allows the Department of Health to fulfill its duty to protect the public,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Licensing these substandard facilities for abortions would have been a grave mistake that would have cost the lives of babies, and endangered their mothers.”

However, the stay does not affect the newly licensed Planned Parenthood facility in Kansas City, which plans to dispense abortion pills as early as next week.

“Missouri also has a 72 hour waiting period, so even though Planned Parenthood says they will begin abortions on Monday, I believe they can really only begin the process of informed consent on Monday,” said Newman. “I encourage pro-life supporters in the Kansas City area to maintain a steady presence at that facility starting early Monday. There will still be time to save lives.”

Read the Order dated September 15, 2017

Read related story, “Planned Parenthood’s Missouri Abortion Expansion Plans May Be Fleeting”

Planned Parenthood’s Missouri Abortion Expansion Plans May Be Fleeting

By Cheryl Sullenger

Kansas City, MO – Reveling in an injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs earlier this year that blocked enforcement Missouri’s long-standing requirement that those who conduct abortions must have hospital privileges within 30 miles of their abortion facility, two Planned Parenthood organizations are pushing forward with plans to expand abortions into four communities in the Show Me State.

However, Planned Parenthood’s abortion expansion plans may be short-lived.

On September 12, 2017, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals granted State Attorney General Josh Hawley’s request that the full court rehear the appeal of the ruling that blocked the long-standing safety regulations. The Eighth Circuit also ruled to vacate a July ruling that denied the state the opportunity to make a motion in opposition to the restraining order that Planned Parenthood is relying on to expand their abortion businesses.

Earlier this week, Planned Parenthood Great Plains, based in Overland Park, Kansas, announced that it has begun taking appointments for medication abortions, which are expected to resume next week. It also reportedly just passed a state inspection of its Columbia location, which has been the heated fulcrum of Missouri’s abortion battle for a number of years.

Planned Parenthood of Greater St. Louis Region has signaled that medication abortions at its Springfield center are just weeks away. It also plans to add abortions to their list of services in Joplin.

None of the abortionists involved in the expansion plans have qualified for hospital privileges, leaving women at risk of delay in emergency care should abortion complications arise, as they have all too frequently at the currently-lone Missouri abortion facility in St. Louis.

This means if the state appeal to the full Eighth Circuit is successful, the four expansion locations would again be in non-compliance of Missouri licensing requirements.

In addition, a Missouri new law, SB5, is set to go into effect later this year. There is doubt that the Planned Parenthood facilities can comply with the many new patient safety requirements, which include:

• Detailed emergency plans;
• Prohibitions against interfering with emergency medical treatment by requesting ambulances run without lights and sirens;
• Unannounced annual inspections;
• Informed consent must be given by the person conducting the abortions.

SB5 also has placed the authority of enforcement of this new law within the jurisdiction of the Attorney General’s office, and provides new protections for whistleblowers who come forward with information of violations.

“Planned Parenthood organizations in Missouri have been known to engage in dangerous and deceptive practices in order to circumvent state laws and safety regulations. Given their poor past performance, I believe Planned Parenthood’s anticipated abortion expansion will not last long,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

The work of Operation Rescue in documenting abortion abuses at Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis abortion location provided a basis for many of the provisions in SB5.

A 2015 State Senate investigation, led by State Sen. Kurt Schaefer, into Planned Parenthood’s shady operations led to the discovery that Planned Parenthood Great Plains had obtained phony hospital privileges for their Columbia abortionist Colleen McNichols, along with irregularities in in the required pathology reports for all tissue and human remains from abortions. It also revealed that the Department of Health at that time may have been complicit in allowing these violations.

Since then, a new pro-life administration under the able leadership of Gov. Eric Greitens made no bones about their efforts to ensure abortion facilities stop their shoddy practices. Also, the Missouri Department of Health has appointed a new director who is dedicated to ensuring that the laws of that state are properly enforced.

Despite the headlines touting Planned Parenthood’s abortion expansion, Newman remains hopeful.

“We will just have to wait and see how the legal issues and the new law pans out in Missouri, but given the new conditions in Missouri with a new pro-life administration and the new law, don’t place any bets on Planned Parenthood,” he said.

Lies Exposed: Toledo Abortion Business Misrepresents True Emergency Practices in Court Documents

By Cheryl Sullenger

Toledo, OH – Ohio pro-life activists who were conducting their usual outreach on the sidewalks outside the Capital Care Network of Toledo last spring could hardly believe what they were seeing.

A commotion alerted them that something was very wrong. It was Saturday, April 1, 2017, but by the frenzied activity, they knew this was no April Fool’s joke.

With cameras at the ready, a local pro-life activist snapped photos as an abortion patient was taken out the back door of the of the abortion business. Witnesses on the scene told Operation Rescue that she was doubled over in pain and walked only with assistance. The suffering woman was loaded into the back seat of a dark maroon Ford Focus, Ohio license plate #GLH8725, which local activists said belonged to CCN employee Schuyler Beckwith.

Another alert pro-life activist followed the private vehicle to Toledo Hospital’s emergency entrance, where Beckwith dropped off the woman, then returned to the abortion business.

One local pro-life supporter has filed a complaint about this dangerous practice with the Ohio Department of Health, but there is no word yet on any outcome of that complaint.

Certainly, most abortion facilities do not want anyone to know when one of their “procedures” goes awry. They attempt to conceal the fact in a number of ways to keep anyone from knowing the truth about the abysmal abortion safety record, which Operation Rescue has attempted to document over the years.

Keeping medical emergencies secret allows the abortion businesses to continue spouting their patently untrue propaganda talking points about abortion safety and the burden that “unnecessary” abortion safety laws put on women.

But the Capital Care Network has an added motive for trying to hide abortion complications so serious they require emergency hospital intervention. They have no valid hospital transfer agreement within a 30-minute driving distance, and are therefore in non-compliance with abortion facility licensing requirements.

Unable to obtain a transfer agreement with a local hospital, Capital Care submitted an agreement with University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which is 52 miles and nearly an hour’s drive away. In order to comply with the regulation that the hospital no farther than 30 minutes away, Capital Care’s owner Terrie Hubbard ridiculously promised to helicopter patients that suffered from abortion complications to the hospital in Ann Arbor.

Now we find out that instead, CCN is sneaking women out the back door, dangerously transporting them to Toledo Hospital in private vehicles, and kicking them to the curb at the emergency room entrance!

In 2014, after a full year of notice, the Toledo abortion business was ordered by the Ohio Department of Health to close, because it could not meet the licensing requirements for surgical abortion facilities.

Since then, the Capital Care Network has engaged in a series of legal — and apparently deceptive — tactics to keep its doors open.

A lawsuit filed by Capital Care that claims the hospital transfer agreement requirement is unconstitutional will be heard before the Ohio Supreme Court on September 12, 2017.

In their Merit Brief, filed with the state’s High Court on June 29, 2017, Capital Care makes the following claim:

Capital Care’s policy is to call 911 in the event of a life-threatening emergency where a patient needs immediate treatment. . . The responding EMTs will transport the patient to the hospital nearest to Capital Care, most likely Toledo Hospital. Patients experiencing less serious medical complications who do not need immediate treatment will be transferred to UMHS at by helicopter or vehicle.

There is no mention of cramming an injured woman into the back of a Ford Focus and secretly dropping her at the emergency room.

The statement about CCN’s emergency policies in their Merit Brief is simply untrue.

It is also the position of CCN that if their abortion facility cannot meet licensing requirements, the requirements themselves must be unconstitutional because closure would violate the undue burden clause.

Think about that.

No matter how dangerous an abortion facility’s conditions and practices are, it can never be closed for safety reasons, because any closure would create an undue burden on women.

This puts the interests of dangerous and deceptive abortion businesses like the Capital Care Network first. The lives and health of women are a secondary consideration, if they are even considered at all.

Capital Care is claiming to have the right to endanger their customers simply because closing it would force customers to travel a bit farther for abortions.

The Ohio Supreme Court has an opportunity to put an end to that ludicrous argument and place the safety of women ahead of an abortion business’ contrived excuses for holding themselves above the law.

“For the sake of women and their babies that might visit Capital Care Network of Toledo, it is far better to shut this abortion facility down rather than to allow it to risk women’s lives. The fact that we now have proof that they are lying about their emergency protocols should show the Court just how untrustworthy this abortion business really is,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We will be watching this one very closely.”