OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Both supporters and opponents of abortion rights are outraged after more than a thousand private abortion records are left in plain sight inside a recycling bin.
Kansas law requires all medical records to be kept for at least 10 years. FOX 4 was told some of the records found were less than 10 years old. An Overland Park woman reportedly found the records in recycling bins at Brookridge Elementary School near 99th & Lowell. They had not been shredded or altered and personal patient information could easily be read.
The records are all from a Kansas City, Kansas clinic that closed in 2005. The operator, former doctor Krishna Rajanna, did not return FOX 4's calls seeking comment. Current abortion providers call the careless disposal "appalling."
"It scares the heck out of the patients who are already frightened, even without this issue, they are frightened about their confidentiality, and what not," said Jeff Pederson. "And stuff like this happens, it scares everybody."
The Department of Healthy and Human Services tells FOX 4 there is some question about whether federal privacy laws have been broken in this case. We learned that cash-only transactions are not covered by the privacy rules.