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Alleged fetus eater focus of new legislation

Shockingly unsanitary conditions discovered at an abortion clinic in which the proprietor was accused of eating a fetus have prompted consideration of a bill by the Kansas Legislature to tighten up regulations for all medical facilities.

Last spring, Krishna Rajanna’s abortion clinic in Kansas City was raided after former employees made allegations of coffee cups full of syringes, medical tools stored near toilets and fetuses stored in refrigerators used by employees for lunches.

At least one employee claimed to have witnessed Rajanna microwaving a fetus and mixing it into his own lunch.

Though Rajanna vehemently denied the charge, saying he was a vegetarian, his clinic was closed and his medical license revoked.

But photos from his clinic are being used once again by proponents of new regulations on all medical clinics – not just abortion facilities.

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has twice vetoed bills to regulate abortion clinics, saying she could only support legislation that applied new regulations “across the board” – to all clinics that perform outpatient surgery.

That’s exactly what House Bill 2829 would do – require all 2,300 offices that perform outpatient surgery to undergo unannounced inspections.

Not surprisingly, the legislation is being opposed by abortion proponents as prejudicial.

No charges were brought against Rajanna for the alleged fetus consumption, but not because law enforcement authorities disbelieved the accusation. The problem for the district attorney was that there were no laws against eating fetuses.

After being provided information about horrific conditions of a Kansas abortion clinic nearly two years ago, the Kansas state board in charge of regulating such facilities took months to investigate it and even longer to shut it down. It was finally shut down in March. Rajanna later lost his license.

Julia Walton Garcia made the fetus-eating charge to Detective William Howard of the Kansas City Police Department and to District Attorney Nick Tomasic.

”Julia went on to describe how she and the other girls actually witnessed Rajanna microwave one of the aborted fetuses and stir it into his lunch,” explained Howard, the investigating officer in the case. ”Julia claimed that she shared this (information) with some of the other employees, who confirmed that they had seen him do the very same thing.”

Howard was so disturbed by the charge that he took Garcia to see Tomasic. Though Howard warned Garcia that lying to a district attorney would be a serious offense, she reportedly told the same story to Tomasic.

But Tomasic’s hands were tied. There were no laws on the books to prohibit an abortionist – or anyone else – from eating a human unborn baby.

The Kansas Board of Healing Arts unanimously ruled that Rajanna’s license should be pulled after a series of inspections turned up such things as a dead mouse in the clinic hallway, filled syringes in an unlocked refrigerator, carpet in a surgical area and a facility that was generally unkempt.

Rajanna first came to the attention of police in September 2003 when he called the cops to investigate alleged employee theft. Howard responded.

”I thought I had heard and seen every vile, disgusting crime scene, but was in for a new shock when I started this investigation,” he would say later. Howard turned the matter over to the local district attorney and three state agencies.

While Rajanna denied the accusation about eating fetuses, he did admit keeping fetuses in Styrofoam cups in the refrigerator along with food and drink.

The accusation Rajanna ate fetuses was reiterated by Kansas Attorney General Phil Kline in a legislative hearing on regulating abortion clinics. He presented a legislative committee with the affidavit prepared by Howard and presented photographs of Rajanna’s clinic showing it was cluttered and unsanitary.

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