Kansas Doctors Want to Bring Abortions Back to Wichita

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 15, 2010   |   7:31PM   |   Wichita, KS

A Kansas physician plans to open an abortion center in Wichita, the location of the late-term abortion facility George Tiller ran before he was killed recently. The city has been abortion free since then.

Mila Means has reportedly purchased abortion equipment from the now-closed Women’s Health Care Services formerly operated by Tiller and plans to begin doing abortions on Saturdays at her medical office near East Harry and Webb Road in Wichita.

The pro-life group Operation Rescue says pro-life people saw her at the Aid For Women clinic in Kansas City, Kansas where she is reportedly training to learn how to d surgical abortions. Means is a family practice physician who is not certified as an obstetrician or gynecologist, Troy Newman, the president of the group, told LifeNews.com this afternoon.

“We are saddened by the news that someone would want to bring abortion back to Wichita,” said Newman. “The city has been abortion-free for a year and a half. It is clear that abortion is unwanted and unneeded in this abortion-weary community.”

Newman says Means has a troubled past that includes disciplinary action taken against her medical license for the misuse of psychiatry in her family practice, having improper personal relationships with patients, and for something more serious that the Kansas Board of Healing Arts has redacted from her public record.

The medical board indicates in Means’ disciplinary documents that it had the authority to discipline her under a Kansas law for unprofessional conduct including the “commission of any act of sexual abuse, misconduct, or exploitation related to the licensee’s professional practice.” Newman says redactions prevented the disclosure of details of the alleged sexual abuse, misconduct, or exploitation, and omitted some of the disciplinary action taken against her.

“Information like this is often withheld because it would destroy the person’s reputation if it were made public. Whatever Means did to merit such discipline should be cause for concern to anyone who may seek services from her,” said Newman.

Meanwhile, the Associated Press indicates another doctor, Greg Linhardt, has also been training at the Kansas City abortion center on how to do abortions.

Ap indicates Means will not do the late-tem abortions Carhart did and will begin doing abortions in mid-2011.

The news caught the attention of Kansans for Life, which sent an email to its supporters.

“It appears that a woman named Mila Means will be opening an abortion mill in Wichita. We are still trying to find out more information about this person,” the group said. “Evidently, she had a clinic in Valley Center, Kansas at 3020 E. 101st until she was disciplined by the Board of Healing Arts.”

“She was licensed as a physician in 1983 so she has been around for awhile,” the group said, seeking additional information.

Pro-life advocates plan a peaceful, prayerful protest from 10:00-11:00 a.m. outside Means office located at 9916 E. Harry in Wichita.

“We are urging everyone who can on such short notice to turn out to pray and send a resounding message that we will exhaust every legal means available to prevent even one more child from dying from abortion here,” said Newman.