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Kansas State Board of Healing Arts to reconsider case of abortionist whose license they had pulled

by | Dec 3, 2014

 

By Dave Andrusko

Kansas abortionist Kris Neuhaus (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)

Kansas abortionist Kris Neuhaus
(AP Photo/John Hanna, File)

If there is a record for one abortionist having the most battles over his or her license, Kansas abortionist Kris Neuhaus would no doubt be a leading contender. She will again be back in court December 11.

When NRL News Today reported on Neuhaus earlier this year, a sympathetic judge, Shawnee District Court Judge Franklin Theis, had just blocked the decision of the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts to revoke Neuhaus’s license.

While Judge Theis upheld the conclusion that Neuhaus’ record-keeping was inadequate, he overturned the far more serious assessment of administrative law judge Edward Gashler that Neuhaus had “seriously jeopardized” patients’ care with inadequate mental health exams.

The Board appealed his March 7 decision, pleading that “special circumstances” existed. But Thomas Malone, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, concluded that the district court was not finished with the matter and that the Board must revisit their sanctions of Neuhaus, as ordered by Judge Theis. Which it did.

Neuhaus’ history

Neuhaus’ inability to practice medicine was long documented in her disciplinary history, first with limitations in 1999 due to “failure to maintain complete and accurate records.” Soon after, the Board found in 2000 and 2001 that Neuhaus violated the standard of care due to “no focused physical examination,” failure in “monitoring vital signs,” and “no anesthesia record”–actions the Board said “create a danger to the public.”

The Board’s revocation case went to trial under Judge Gashler, who ruled that Neuhaus had demonstrably failed to keep accurate and complete medical records, as required by law.

But Judge Theis overturned Gashler’s assessment that Neuhaus had “seriously jeopardized” patients’ care with inadequate mental health exams.

The Associated Press quoted Bob Eye, one of Neuhaus’ attorneys, as saying Judge Theis’ ruling is “pretty consistent” with their arguments. Gee, what a surprise—Judge Theis is on their side.

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