Kansas Revokes Doctor’s License in Abortion Case

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TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Kansas Board of Healing Arts on Friday revoked the license of a doctor who some anti-abortion activists say was a rubber-stamp for murdered abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, but who says that she is the victim of abortion politics.

Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus provided a second opinion for Tiller on the subject of late-term abortions. Dr. Tiller was murdered by an anti-abortion zealot three years ago.

In an interview with FOX 4, Dr. Neuhaus says the state medical board revoked her license not because of bad medical care but because of abortion politics.

"If you look at the complaint it was filed by Cheryl Sullenger, who is the second in command at (anti-abortion group) Operation Rescue, I think that pretty much speaks for itself," said Dr. Neuhaus.

The complaint focused on eleven girls between the ages of 10 and 18 who received late term abortions in 2003. It was Dr. Neuhaus who provided the second opinion that each girl had a mental health reason for needing her abortion.

Jeanne Gawdun with the anti-abortion rights group "Kansans for Life" says the state medical board agreed with an administrative judge who found that Dr. Neuhaus kept vauge medical records and "was basically a rubber stamp, and obviously the board seems to have felt the same way."

Critics complained that if patients had mental health issues or were suicidal, then Dr. Neuhaus should've followed up to make sure they received mental health counseling.

Gawdun says, "If someone presents themselves and you decide okay this person is suicidal they need the abortion, do you give them the abortion because they're saying if you don't, they'll kill themselves?  No you treat that person, why is she suicidal?"

"I was the consultant," said Dr. Neuhaus. "I was not the primary person taking care of these patients."

She says follow-up care like mental health counseling would've been Dr. Tiller's responsibility, adding, "I've never in all my years heard of any person losing their license over documentation."

Dr. Neuhuas testified there were many times when she said "no" to approving late term abortions. She plans to appeal today's decision.

Kansas no longer has a mental health exception for late term abortions, as lawmakers got rid of the provision last year.



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