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Kansas doctor faces discipline over 13-year-old's abortion


Kansas doctor faces discipline over 13-year-old's abortion
BBC News

A Kansas doctor is accused of breaking the law in his handling of an abortion on a 13-year-old girl, but he says he did not realise her age.A state board is weighing disciplinary action against Dr Allen Palmer over the procedure he carried out in 2014 at the women's group Planned Parenthood. State law requires that foetal tissue from abortions on patients younger than 14 be preserved.Dr Palmer said he relied on staff to tell him the age of patients.Under state law in Kansas, abortions can be provided to children with parental consent.Media captionAmy has to travels eight hours for an abortionThe part-time Planned Parenthood contractor told medical regulators on Thursday he typically did not perform abortions on patients so young.The Missouri resident has been licensed to practise osteopathic medicine and surgery in Kansas since 2008, according to a petition against him by the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts.

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