Kansas Agency Says Investigation of Abortion Practitioners is Progressing

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 5, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Kansas Agency Says Investigation of Abortion Practitioners is Progressing

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 5
, 2008

Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — A Kansas agency that regulates doctors has informed a pro-life group that its complaint into the actions of three abortion practitioners is progressing. The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts has notified representatives of Operation Rescue that the complaints it filed against George Tiller are progressing.

The group filed a complaint against Tiller and abortion practitioner Kristin Neuhaus in October 2006 and the organization alleges Tiller conducted illegal late-term abortions using Neuhaus as the second concurring physician required by law for post-viability abortions.

However, state law requires a second physician have no financial links to the primary abortion practitioner and OR suggests Neuhaus and Tiller were financially associated.

Tiller has since been charged by the state attorney general with 19 criminal counts of violating the non-affiliated physician law. That case is still pending and tentatively set for trial on June 16, 2008.

The pro-life group also filed complaints against Tiller and California-based abortion practitioner Shelley Sella in October 2007.

That complaint alleges that Michelle Armesto-Berge was a victim of a coerced abortion Tiller performed with Sella’s supposed concurrence. OR says the abortion was done prior to obtaining proper consent and says there were other violations of the standard of care. The group filed the complaint on Armesto-Berge’s behalf at her request.

Sella is a resident of Oakland and an employee of Tiller’s who flies to Kansas every third week to do abortions at Tiller’s Wichita-based abortion center.

"We are cautiously optimistic that the cases against Tiller, Neuhaus, and Sella will now be given the attention they deserve," OR spokesman Troy Newman told LifeNews.com on Monday.

Newman indicated two top members of the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts resigned last month in a shake-up over the Board’s slowness to act and over apparent cover-ups.

"Up to this point, the Board has refused to act to protect women and viable babies from illegal abortions. The situation in Kansas is critical. The lives of viable babies that laws were enacted to protect remain in jeopardy," Newman said.

"We pray that these abortion complaints will get moved to the front burner where they belong, and that suspensions of licenses will be soon forthcoming in the interest of public safety," he added.

Officials with Kansans for Life highlighted the case of Michelle Armesto-Berge at a press conference last month.

Armesto-Berge discovered first-hand, when she ordered her own Tiller abortion records, that what a patient thinks is contained in Tiller clinic abortion records, and what is actually in the records, can be two completely different things

While her unborn child was post-viability at the time of the abortion, she never talked to a second physician beforehand as require by state law. Tiller’s records for her showed the baby as non-viable in order to get around the law.