Kansas Hearing: Abortionist Violated Standard of Care

State   |   Kathy Ostrowski   |   Sep 13, 2011   |   10:33AM   |   Topeka, KS

The Kansas Board of Healing Arts intends to prove that abortionist Ann Kristin (Kris) Neuhaus failed to meet the standard of care when supplying late-term abortion referrals to George Tiller in 2003. The charges were filed in April 2010 and the hearing began Monday in Topeka.

The state’s case relies on the testimony of well-credentialed, east coast psychiatrist, Dr. Liza H Gold. She says that the psychiatric manuals and computer program that Neuhaus twice officially admitted to using–for psychologically diagnosing women seeking late-term abortions– both come with explicit warning “not to use them as cookbooks” to be applied mechanically by untrained individuals –like Neuhaus.

Gold reviewed files from Neuhaus and Tiller, as well as Neuhaus’ self-damaging testimony taken by former AG Phill Kline and her sworn statements in the Tiller misdemeanor trial of March 2009. Gold ticked off numerous deficiencies in the medical records of the 10 minors and 1 adult female whom Neuhaus “psychologically evaluated”, often for as little as 15 minutes, before stamping them with irreversible and substantial damage that justified aborting viable babies.

Neuhaus’ attorney Bob Eye asserted that abortions had not been “rubberstamped” by Tiller, Neuhaus or the clinic. “There was no abortion on demand!” he insisted. Eye claimed that Tiller and Neuhaus knew they “were in a fishbowl” and did everything carefully, under special legal advice, because they expected anti-choicer “stings” using bogus patients.

However, there is no jury this week for Eye to attempt to confuse with abortion polemics, and the hearing officer/judge Edward Gashler overruled most of Eye’s objections. Gashler reminded, “we’re not here to see if she [Neuhaus] violated the law, but whether she observed the standard of care.” Gashler’s final conclusions will be forwarded for further Board action, including –hopefully– revocation of Neuhaus’ medical license

Gold’s testimony will continue tomorrow on the specific patient cases (without actual names). So far, she has explained why a one-shot meeting with Neuhaus was completely inadequate for proper assessment—especially for adolescents– and how Neuhaus’ files are missing many elements that are basic to medical evaluation.

This is no surprise! The Board has a long history of wasting our tax dollars in teaching Neuhaus how to practice medicine, including:

  • putting posters with cardiac information in her abortion operating room,
  • teaching her how to take proper medical exams,
  • forcing her to take resuscitative education classes, and
  • mandating bi-monthly reports from a pharmacist overseeing Neuhaus’ records.

Neuhaus narrowly escaped losing her medical license in 2000 and 2001. She had to accept severe practice limitations and then finally gave up and closed her abortion businesses in Wichita and Lawrence in 2002. Neuhaus had begun doing late term ‘referrals’ for Tiller in 1999, after losing drug privileges from the DEA. The official disciplinary agreements with the Board, including those labeling Neuhaus “a danger to the public” were submitted today into the record by the Board litigation attorney, Reece Hays.

Allegedly at the suggestion of then-Healing Arts Board director, Larry Buening, Tiller originally arranged for down-and-out Neuhaus to be a “referring” practitioner for post-viability abortions, along with LeRoy Carhart. By 2003, Carhart was doing abortions in Tiller’s Wichita clinic and Neuhaus had become the sole provider of late-term referrals.

Tiller was exonerated by the 6-man jury in the 2009 trial where the charge was using an affiliated referral, but it is widely acknowledged that Attorney General Steve Six’s prosecutor threw away the case by not providing a financial records trail and by relying solely on one witness—who turned hostile —Kris Neuhaus.

Now we will see how the Board fares in what should be a slam dunk, long overdue.

LifeNews.com Note: Kathy Ostrowski is the legislative director for Kansans for Life, a statewide pro-life group.