The Pennsylvania grand jury criminal indictments at the “House of Horrors” abortion clinic of Kermit Gosnell was an extra “real-life” incentive for Kansas to pass abortion facility licensure and regulation this spring.
Yesterday, two Gosnell staffers– neither one trained or licensed for the work they did –each pleaded guilty to a variety of charges, including third-degree murder, taking part in a corrupt organization and administering drugs that caused death.
Medical tasks being “handled” by non medically-trained staff is one way abortion businesses cut costs.
Gosnell’s clinic is one example, but Kansas has had plenty of these ‘mills’, like the Kansas City abortion clinic of Krishna Rajanna.
In 2003, a whistle-blower reported that she and other untrained, low-paid, high-school drop-outs hired as receptionists (one who didn’t even speak English) were essentially running Rajanna’s clinic. The whistle-blower met with the local District Attorney, who afterwards asked for help from the state Board of Healing Arts. The Board disciplinary attorney responded they knew Rajanna had problems, but no law existed to correct them.
Eventually, that clinic was closed in 2005, more as a PR measure to give cover for then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to — again– veto an abortion licensure and regulation bill similar to the new law.
CLINICS PROMISE TO SUE REVISED RULES
When the Kansas department of health (KDHE) issued temporary abortion facility regulations for sanitation and patient safety July 1, attorneys for two abortion businesses [Aid for Women,Center for Women’s Health] got federal judge Carlos Murguia to block enforcement of the rules. The one remaining Kansas clinic, Planned Parenthood of Kansas Mid-Missouri, filed a similar lawsuit, but dropped it after they were able to meet the requirements.
Now that permanent regulations, slightly revised from the originals, are published and set to go into effect Nov. 14, the clinics are again announcing they will refile a suit. The attorneys for Kansas and both abortion businesses have until Nov. 28 to analyze the permanent regulations and take action with the federal court that issued the injunction.
Specifically, the AP reports that Bonnie Scott Jones at the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) said that the KDHE revises “made some important changes …[but they’re] still extremely burdensome in multiple ways.”
Abortion attorney Jones tries to garner public sympathy on two issues, privacy and pills.
First, she says the permanent rules “run roughshod over patient confidentiality.” Without specification, we can assume she means KAR 28-34-144 (c) in which KDHE has access onsite to records.
But this is an argument Jones made for South Carolina abortion businesses fighting a similar state clinic rule for onsite inspections and detailed record-keeping– and she lost! In 2002, the 4th circuit court of appeals ruled state oversight doesn’t threaten privacy, and the U.S. Supreme Court refused review.
Next, Jones claims the new Kansas rules allow “only a physician to dispense drugs and prevent a medical assistant from giving over-the-counter pain medication.” But Jones is being sloppy with terms and misstates the provision.
KAR 28-34-135(m), reads “Drugs and medications shall be administered to individual patients by a facility physician or a facility health professional.” KAR 28-34-126(f) further defines health professionals as nurses or physician assistants.
In Kansas, ‘physician assistants’ (PAs) are specifically titled and licensed, they aren’t just office personnel. Thus, in contradiction to Jones complaint, not just the abortionist, but also PAs and nurses can administer drugs and pills.
Untrained “ancillary” medical staff as defined in KAR 28-34-126(g) are indeed barred from medical tasks. This insures that running intravenous medication and the discussing /dispersing of pain pills and antibiotics will no longer be relegated to the receptionist.
The regulations are not “unreasonable and irrational” as abortion attorneys claim, they just frustrate dangerous short-cuts that clinics have for too long taken with impunity.