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Kansas abortionist loses medical license

by | Jun 25, 2012

By Kathy Ostrowski, legislative director
Kansans for Life

Abortionist Ann Kristin Neuhaus

It was years in the making but on Friday the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts revoked the medical license of Ann Kristin Neuhaus. The decision ratified a decision made in 2011 by administrative judge Edward Gashler who found Neuhaus negligent in conducting mental health exams for 11 patients, ages 10 to 18, who aborted between July and November 2003.

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.

Neuhaus provided those second opinions for the late abortionist, George Tiller, from 1999 to 2006.

Gashler concluded in February 2011 that “Neuhaus’ records didn’t contain the information necessary to show that she did thorough exams, and the patients’ care was ‘seriously jeopardized,’” according to the Associated Press’s John Hanna.

Reese Hays, the attorney on the board’s litigation team who presented the case against Neuhaus, said, “Her actions clearly show a disregard for her patients’ safety and care, which causes her to be a threat to any future patients she might have.”

According to Hanna, “The case centered on how Neuhaus concluded that each of the 11 patients had serious mental health issues and that an abortion was advisable.“

All the eleven young women were in their sixth or seventh month of pregnancy when they met with Neuhaus at the Tiller facility.  Neuhaus was never trained as a psychiatric consultant, and ended up utilizing an online ‘answer tree.’ Evidence from the patient files repeatedly indicated such diagnoses were logged in and completed within 2 to 3 minutes. Thus the teens were able to secure these abortions at a cost of $6,000 or more.

She 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 supporters have claimed she was being railroaded by conservative forces under Gov. Sam Brownback. But, in truth, the formal petition to revoke her license was issued before his election, under a Board administration put in place under pro-abortion governors. Even now Gov. Brownback has selected only three members of the 15 member board.

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