Today the Kansas state Healing Arts Board reconvened proceedings to revoke the already-restricted medical license of abortionist Kris Neuhaus. Attorneys for the state medical board and Neuhaus will meet for final arguments January 17. It will then be up to the presiding officer to present recommendations within 30 days to the Board for a vote in February.
The state Board alleges multiple violations of medical standards when Neuhaus formally approved 11 teens for post-viability abortions in 2003 at the Wichita clinic of the late George Tiller.
The only testimony today came from Neuhaus’ friend and sole professional witness, Dr. Allen Greiner, a family practice physician and professor at Kansas University. Greiner failed to help Neuhaus at all and, rather, helped nail down the state’s case by agreeing to each deficiency Board attorney, Reese Hayes pointed out. The handful of times Greiner quibbled, his past deposition testimony was read aloud, forcing Greiner to concede the point to Hayes. Here’s a sample checklist of elements missing from Neuhaus’ patient interactions and files:
- proper medical and mental health evaluations;
- screening for medications and drugs;
- treatment plan or follow up care referrals;
- evidence she actually interacted with the teens and wrote down their thoughts;
- symptoms and behaviors deserving the labels of major depression and anxiety disorders.
The files discussed in these proceedings have all been redacted, with no patient names revealed. There was only one Kansan– an eighteen year old sent from the Planned Parenthood of Kansas Mid-Missouri. Otherwise the girls had all been flown in: a 10-year from California and nine other minors from Canada, Illinois, New York and New Jersey. All were in their sixth or seventh month of pregnancy when they met with Neuhaus at the Tiller facility.
Neuhaus was never trained in any medical specialty, much less as a psychiatric consultant, and ended up utilizing an online ‘answer tree’ to ‘verify’ –within 2 to 3 minutes–that the teens had irreversible and substantial “mental health” problems. Thus the teens were “approved” for what were supposed to be prohibited abortions (costing over $6000 a piece).
Neuhaus is long overdue for losing her license. 12 years ago the Board nearly yanked it, calling her a “danger to the public” as she was unable to do basic medicine, including adequate patient intake exams and maintaining a proper medical record. But then-board Director, Larry Buening, a personal friend of Tiller’s, concocted a job for Neuhaus to rubberstamp candidates for post-viability abortions onsite for Tiller.
Neuhaus can currently only practice “charity care” in low-income medical settings and, with any justice, that access to patients will get axed by the Board in February.
LifeNews.com Note: Kathy Ostrowski is the legislative director for Kansans for Life, a statewide pro-life group.