Topeka, KS – Operation Rescue has received a letter from the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (KSBHA) with an update on the disciplinary case of Ann Kristin Neuhaus, who is accused of making illegal abortion referrals to the now deceased late-term abortionist George Tiller.
The letter informed OR Senior Policy Advisor Cheryl Sullenger that Neuhaus has retained counsel and that the “parties are engaged in the discovery process.”
“It looks like Neuhaus is going to fight the charges against her, but the law is very clear. We stand behind our complaint and the KSBHA charges that she acted illegally and improperly in her dealings with Tiller’s late-term abortion patients, which undoubtedly led to the death of viable children that the laws were enacted to protect,” said Sullenger.
A pretrial conference has been set for December 20, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. A formal disciplinary hearing has been scheduled for Neuhaus to be held on January 11, 2011, at 9:00 a.m.
Sullenger filed the original complaint against Neuhaus and Tiller with the KSBHA in 2007, after she discovered that Neuhaus was the only one providing Tiller with second referrals, which were required in Kansas before abortions past 22 weeks could be done. The second referrer must not have a legal or financial affiliation with the abortionist, but Neuhaus shared office space and had other connections with Tiller. Neuhaus had no office of her own and no other income other than what she earned from Tiller’s abortion business.
Tiller was criminally charged with committing illegal abortions without a referral from an unaffiliated second physician. A jury found Tiller not guilty. However, just minutes after his acquittal, the KSBHA announced that it had filed an 11 count petition against him for essentially the same charges, based on Sullenger’s complaint. The KSBHA made it clear that their burden of proof was different than criminal court, and that their case would proceed on its own merits.
Soon after the trial, Tiller announced to his staff that he was retiring. He closed his political action committee, and some of his employees were beginning to take other jobs. Then, in a stunning crime quickly denounced by Operation Rescue, Tiller was murdered by a lone gunman. The case against Tiller’s license was closed.
On July 21, 2010, the Board notified Sullenger that an 11 count petition had been filed against Neuhaus, very similar in nature to the petition that had been filed against Tiller.
In the current petition, Neuhaus is accused of the following in each of the eleven counts against her:
• Failure to perform adequate patient interview
• Failure to obtain adequate patient history
• Failure to adequately evaluate the “behavioral or functional impact” of the patient’s condition and symptoms
• Failure to meet the standard of care to the degree of constituting ordinary negligence
• Failure to keep adequate medical records