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State medical board seizes files of Kansas ex-abortionist

by | May 3, 2012

By Kathy Ostrowski, Kansans for Life Legislative Director

Judge Franklin Theis

Judge Franklin Theis of Shawnee County has granted the Kansas state Healing Arts Board temporary custody of patient records from ex-Kansas City abortionist, Krishna Rajanna.   

By law, medical records are supposed to be kept in safe storage for ten years after a licensed practitioner closes, but thousands of abortion records turned up in a recycling bin in northeast  Kansas near Rajanna’s residence in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park. Rajanna’s medical license was revoked by the Board in 2005. (See www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2012/03/no-criminal-charges-likely-after-medical-records-improperly-disposed-of-by-kansas-abortionist-whose-license-was-revoked-in-2005.)

The Board had gone “to court last week for custody of the discarded documents plus others still in the possession of Krishna Rajanna,” the Associated Press reported today.

A woman who accidentally found the medical records in a school recycling bin brought them to The Kansas City Star newspaper on March 24. Two days later, according to the newspaper’s own account, “The Star reported about the discovery of the records, mostly from 2001 and 2002, in a recycling bin outside an Overland Park elementary school. The records included patients’ names, addresses, phone and Social Security numbers and health histories, along with details of their pregnancies.”

According to the follow up Star report, Rajanna claimed he “wasn’t jeopardizing the privacy of women… he was protecting the environment by not burning the paper records of the services they’d received.”

The recycling bin is located blocks from Rajanna’s home. When the story first broke, Rajanna told the Star he thought they were “old records that are out of date” and would be picked up quickly. The Star story explained that this was not the case, since the contents are emptied monthly and were not scheduled to be picked up for three more weeks. Rajanna said he still had documents stored in his home.

The Kansas Board of Healing Arts “revoked Rajanna’s license in 2005 after fining or disciplining him four times since 2000,” the Associated Press’s John Hanna reported.

“An inspector who made two surprise visits to his clinic in 2005 reported the facility was unclean and that it kept syringes of medications in an unlocked refrigerator. The inspector also reported finding a dead mouse.”

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