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Hearing Delayed on Negligence Complaint Against Kansas Woman Who Provided “Second Opinion” on Post-Viability Abortions

by | Sep 20, 2011

By Dave Andrusko

Ann Kristin Neuhaus

A hearing officer heard 4 1/2 days of testimony in a Kansas State Board of Healing Arts complaint charging negligence against Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus, a former associate of the late abortionist George Tiller, who specialized in performing abortions late in pregnancy. But the hearing was delayed indefinitely when an abrupt recess was announced due to procedural problems with Neuhaus’ lone medical witness, a family practitioner and professor.

The hearing officer was told Neuhaus allegedly failed to “conduct adequate interviews, take adequate patient histories or do proper examinations, failing repeatedly to follow accepted standards of care” for eleven young girls who were at least 25 weeks pregnant and who received abortions “from July to November 2003,” according to the Associated Press’s John Hanna.

Once that order is issued by the hearing officer, the full 15-member Board of Healing Arts will decide whether to impose sanctions on Neuhaus who no longer has an active medical practice, and is limited to charity care status. Neuhaus performed abortions in various locations in Northeast Kansas from 1993 -2002. She was twice declared a “danger to the public” during disciplinary actions taken by the Board in 2000-2001.

Neuhaus, however, is better known– not for the abortions she performed herself –but for providing second opinions for Tiller who was killed in 2009.

In 2003 Kansas law allowed an abortion of a viable fetus (defined as the 22nd week gestation) only if the woman faces “substantial and irreversible” harm to “a major bodily function” or death.  In 2003 that also included mental health. For these post-viability abortions the law required an independent second medical opinion.

Working with Tiller, Neuhaus diagnosed the eleven young girls “seeking abortions with anxiety disorder, acute stress disorder and single-episode major depression,” Hanna reported. The examples included…

·  A 15-year-old girl from Kansas who “wanted to be a professional rodeo barrel-racer and saw the chance disappearing when she got pregnant,” according to Hanna. She told Tiller’s staff in 2003 that “I’d lose my dreams” if she didn’t have the abortion.

·  “A girl from Illinois, also 15, had given up basketball because it no longer seemed fun.”

·  “Half a dozen teenagers worried about being forced to drop out of school or forgo college,” Hanna wrote. “Distraught, they came to the late George Tiller’s clinic for late-term abortions.”

According to Kansans for Life, the hearing reflected poorly not only on Neuhaus but on her medical witness, who testified on Friday that he had never read the state regulations for keeping an adequate patient record.

In addition on Wednesday

Neuhaus’s file of “Patient #10” showed the “mental health exemption” diagnosis– legally required before obtaining a post-viability abortion– was time-stamped one week after the date of the abortion!

The state Board’s psychiatric expert, Dr. Liza Gold, gave lengthy examples of Neuhaus’ record-keeping and patient analytical failures. 

For a look at Neuhaus’s track record, go to www.kfl.org/SiteResources/Data/Templates/templateb.asp?docid=818&DocName=Dr.%20Kristin%20Neuhaus%20Disciplinary%20Record. There you can read “Dr. Kristin Neuhaus Disciplinary Record.”

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