Kansas Abortionist Has Medical License Revoked for Third Time

Disgraced Kansas abortionist Ann Kristin Neuhaus.


By Cheryl Sullenger

Topeka, KS – For the third time, the Kansas Board of Healing Arts has revoked the medical license of an abortionist who once kept dangerously shoddy records and provided dubious mental health justification for women – including girls as young as 10 – to get late-term abortions at George Tiller’s now-defunct Women’s Health Care Services in Wichita, Kansas.

The most recent revocation order was issued in response to a second order by Judge Franklin Theis that the KSBHA reconsider discipline and monetary sanctions against Neuhaus.

The case began when Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue filed the initial complaint against Neuhaus and her boss, George Tiller, in 2006, alleging that the two were in violation of Kansas law, which at that time required a second physician who was unaffiliated with the abortion provider to determine whether a woman seeking an abortion after 22 weeks would suffer “substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function” if the pregnancy were to continue.

Four years later, in 2010, the KSBHA filed an eleven-count complaint against Neuhaus alleging that she negligently diagnosed mental health conditions in eleven minor girls then submitted those to the Tiller and his staff of three other abortionists as justification for abortions beyond 22 weeks. It also alleged shoddy record keeping, something for which Neuhaus had been previously disciplined.

Chart NeuhausPatients2 by Cheryl Sullenger on Scribd

After a disciplinary hearing was held in February 2012, during which Neuhaus showed open contempt for board oversight, the KSBHA revoked Neuhaus’ medical license based on negligent patient care and incomplete, faulty record keeping. She was ordered to pay $93,000 in costs.

Neuhaus appealed to Judge Theis, who, in 2014, struck down the Board’s determination that Neuhaus had violated the standard of care and ordered the KSBHA to recalculate discipline based on her negligent record keeping alone.

Neuhaus had testified that her incomplete or non-existent records were an attempt to “protect my patients’ privacy as much as I could.” This was inconsistent with earlier testimony that indicated her faulty record keeping was an “oversight” on her part.

In 2015, the KSBHA revoked Neuhaus’ medical license for the second time, citing the Board’s multiple attempts to discipline her over substandard record keeping in years prior to the immediate case. As a repeat offender, traditional discipline did nothing to help her amend her ways.

Again, Neuhaus appealed to Judge Theis, and once again, he ordered the KSBHA earlier this year to reconsider revocation, which he believed was too harsh.

On July 7, 2017, the KSBHA revoked Neuhaus’ medical license for the third time in a detailed 64-page order that also reduced costs Neuhaus must may to $30,890.81.

“We have no doubt that if Neuhaus were allowed to practice medicine again, she would return to the business of abortion where her beliefs that she is above the law and above Board oversight would pose a danger to the public,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We are very thankful to the KSBHA for standing strong over the years against political pressure inflicted by the radical abortion lobby and a biased, pro-abortion judge. We are proud that they have put the safety of women and their babies above the monetary interests of an incompetent abortionist.”

Neuhaus once operated her own abortion facility in Lawrence, Kansas, before closing it down to avoid additional discipline in 2001. She also worked part-time up until 2001 at Central Women’s Services, an abortion facility in Wichita that Operation Rescue bought and closed in 2006. That building now serves as Operation Rescue’s national headquarters.

Read the full revocation order dated July 7, 2017.
View additional documentation at AbortionDocs.org.

Kansas Board Once Again Revokes License of Tiller Associate

UPDATE: Read the full Revocation Order issued January 9, 2015, which includes the full transcript of the Dec. 11, 2014, disciplinary hearing held before the Kansas Board of Healing Arts!
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Topeka, KS – The Kansas Board of Healing Arts has once again revoked the license of abortionist Ann Kristin Neuhaus, who once provided phony mental health diagnoses to justify late-term abortions, which otherwise would have been illegal, at George Tiller’s infamous Wichita abortion facility.

The Board initially revoked Neuhaus’s license in 2012, based on a complaint filed in 2006 by Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor for Operation Rescue. The Board concluded that Neuhaus was negligent in concluding that 11 girls, aged 10-18, suffered from irreversible mental health conditions. It also concluded that Neuhaus kept “wholly inadequately” records with little to justify her diagnoses. In one case, there were no records whatsoever to justify any diagnosis for a young patient who received a late-term abortion at Tiller’s clinic due to Neuhaus’ referral.

Neuhaus appealed and last year a county judge set aside the standard of care portion of the Board’s case and ordered it to re-sanction her based only on her negligent record-keeping.

Today, the Board reinforced its belief that Neuhaus is unfit to practice medicine by once again revoking her medical license.

“Neuhaus has shown that she has nothing but contempt for the Board of Healing Arts and for the rules that govern every licensed physician in Kansas. She has indicated that she knows better than the Board, and I have no doubt that if she is ever allowed to practice again, she will once again commit similar acts of negligence and incompetence. The Board’s action today was necessary to protect the public from an abortionist that believes she is above the law,” said Sullenger.

Tiller faced a similar 11 count disciplinary petition, also based on Sullenger’s complaint, at the time of his death. Operation Rescue believes that petition would have also resulted in the revocation of Tiller’s license, had he lived.

Kansas State law, at that time, required two unaffiliated physicians to concur that a pregnant woman would suffer “substantial and irreversible impairment” should her pregnancy continue. All of the late-term abortion referrals made by Neuhaus, were based on dubious mental health diagnoses generated by a computer training program, PsychManager Lite.

Neuhaus once outrageously stated that she believed that pregnancy itself is a life-threatening condition that causes women to be mentally ill.

Background

Final Revocation of Tiller Associate Has National Implications

By Cheryl Sullenger

Wichita, KS — Last week the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts posted the final revocation order for the medical license of abortionist Ann Kristin Neuhaus. While Neuhaus is not a household name, her revocation has national repercussions in the abortion battle.

Neuhaus was a former associate of George Tiller, who once operated the largest late-term abortion clinic outside Communist China. His business, which specialized in doing the latest of late-term abortions and drew clients from all over the globe, earned Wichita the dubious distinction as the Abortion Capital of the World.

Neuhaus’ phony mental health evaluations

After Neuhaus closed her own abortion business in Lawrence, she began working with Tiller to provide referrals for abortions on viable babies past 22-weeks gestation. Kansas law required that a second physician had to determine that post-viability abortions were medically necessary in that continuation of the pregnancy would result in maternal death or a “substantial and irreversible impairment to a major bodily function” of the pregnant woman. A former State Attorney General, Carla Stoval, issued an opinion that “major bodily function” must include mental health considerations.

Testimony at a Board disciplinary hearing showed that Neuhaus was regularly contacted by Tiller’s office and told to report to his Wichita abortion clinic where she conducted screenings on potential late-term abortion patients for the purpose of determining if they met the legal standard that would allow an abortion to continue. However, the Board found that Neuhaus negligently conducted those screenings. Her inadequate and poorly documented interviews led her to determine that normal life issues, such as frustration at not being able to buy a new computer, play sports, or participate in rock concerts due to pregnancies that had already advanced into the third trimester, were indications of mental illnesses that justified abortions. Many times, Neuhaus phoned in her exams. In some cases, there was no evidence that she even interviewed the patients at all.

Her mental health diagnoses were reached via a computer training program called “PsychManager Lite” wherein she would input answers to often vague yes-or-no questions and the program would calculate a diagnosis. Her phony diagnoses were rubber-stamps meant to ensure lucrative late-term abortions took place.

In short, her mental health justifications for late-term abortions were based on nothing short of medical quackery and blind radical abortion ideology.

To Neuhaus, an unexpected pregnancy caused women to become mentally ill without exception. She reflected the philosophy touted by many abortionists when she stated that she believed the fact that a woman was pregnant was in itself a life-threatening condition and justification for abortion at any stage of pregnancy.

Her revocation was a moral victory for the pro-life movement that has implications on several levels.

Exposing deceptive mental health justifications

This case exposed the gross and deceptive exploitation of the “mental health” justification for abortions in states where such exceptions exist. It is a case in point for the need for legislatures to tighten mental health loophole that permit abortion through the ninth month of pregnancy for any reason whatsoever.

As a result of the late-term abortion scandal involving Tiller and Neuhaus, Kansas has changed its laws to prevent further abuses of mental health exceptions and ban abortions after 20 weeks.

Abortionists above the law

Neuhaus’ attitude that she was above the law exposed the thinking that is indicative of today’s abortion cartel.

“I’m here to comply with the law, but once I step into the clinic, my own priorities take precedence,” she stated.

Today’s headlines are replete with abortion clinics, such as those in Mississippi, Alabama, Pennsylvania, and Virginia that resist regulation and oversight while demanding that they should not have to comply with standards that others must achieve. This unwillingness to respect the law makes abortion clinics dangerous places for women because it strips away any protections that state laws attempt to provide.

Prevented from practicing in other states

Neuhaus stated in an interview with MSNBC that she was willing to do abortions in other states, once her disciplinary case was cleared. Her license revocation will make it nearly impossible for Neuhaus to obtain licensure in another state, thus protecting women around the nation from her shoddy abortion practices.

Keeping Wichita abortion-free

Neuhaus’ license revocation has likely thwarted efforts to reopen an abortion clinic in Wichita, which has been abortion-free since the closure of Tiller’s clinic in 2009. At the same time that a former Tiller spokesperson announced in 2010 the procurement of a medical director for her proposed Wichita abortion clinic, Neuhaus petitioned the Board to have her license status changed from “exempt” to “active.”

It was clear that Neuhaus planned to return to the abortion business. Her petition was deferred until after her revocation hearing, which has rendered her request moot. Since then, all efforts to open an abortion clinic in Wichita appear to have ceased.

Letting the system work

In spite of serious obstacles faced in procuring any kind of prosecution against Tiller and Neuhaus, including open governmental corruption and obstruction, in the end the system proved to have worked.

Much has been reported in the mainstream news of Tiller’s acquittal of criminal charges related to his improper business relationship with Neuhaus as the basis for vindication of Tiller and proof that he operated a legitimate abortion business. That is actually a misrepresentation of fact.

On the day Tiller was acquitted, the Kansas Board of Healing Arts released an 11-count petition charging Tiller with violations of the Healing Arts Act. That petition was based on evidence gathered during an investigation prompted by an Operation Rescue complaint – the same complaint that resulted in Neuhaus’ license revocation. That petition against him was pending at the time Tiller was regrettably murdered in 2009. In it, the Board called for discipline that included license revocation.

There is little doubt now that Tiller conducted late-term abortions under the guise of phony mental health justifications based on findings that were negligently determined by a now disgraced abortionist. His entire late-term abortion operation was little more than a scam that took the lives of viable, often health babies, for no legitimate medical reason in violation of the law.

If he had lived, Tiller’s medical license would likely have been revoked along with that of Neuhaus. It is regrettable that the process was not allowed to run its course in his case. If it had, Tiller would surely be alive today, but out of business just the same.

Successful tactics

Neuhaus’s revocation is the result of new tactics employed by Operation Rescue that are now starting to be used by other pro-life groups.

There are many pro-life laws on the books, not to mention regulations that provide standards for medical conduct, health facilities, medical waste disposal, and billing practices. More and more, pro-life activists are documenting abortion abuses, filing the appropriate complaints, and demanding enforcement. We are using the law as a tool to prosecute abortionists, revoke medical licenses, fine and close abortion clinics, and most importantly, save lives.

Not only does this action reduce abortions but it also helps change public opinion about abortion and abortion clinics by documenting abortion abuses through official channels. Once the truth is told about the dangerous and exploitative nature of abortion clinics today, it becomes more difficult to politically justify protecting abortionists who violate the law.

Tiller and Neuhaus went from operating what was once considered the “best” late-term abortion clinic in the world to being disgraced quacks who exploited vulnerable women for financial and political gain. The end of Neuhaus’ medical career closes the book on Kansas’ long involvement as the World’s Abortion Capital and opens the doors for continued progress for the pro-life movement.

The Abortion Whistleblowers Program and AbortionDocs.org

Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation have two programs that can assist activists in the documentation of abortion abuses on the local level.

The Abortion Whistleblowers Program offers a reward of $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of abortionists that are breaking the law. Clinic workers are an excellent source of information and can use the money to help them come out of the abortion industry. For more information on this program and for reproducible flyers that can be distributed to the public please click here.

AbortionDocs.org is a searchable website that posts documentation of abortion abuses on abortion clinics and providers around the nation. It can be used by activists to document abuses in their areas as well as serve as a clearing house of information where pro-life supporters can share documentation they may have gathered to help propagate the truth about abortion abuses that are so rampant today. For more information, please visit AbortionDocs.org.

The Neuhaus revocation illustrates how effective Operation Rescue’s tactics have become and how they can be used nationwide to speed the end of Abortion in America.

Board Orders Tiller Associate’s License Revoked Over Illegal Late-Term Abortion Referrals

Topeka, Kansas – The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts has ordered the revocation of the medical license of abortionist Ann Kristin Neuhaus, stating that Neuhaus’ practice of providing late-term abortion referrals to George Tiller was “professionally incompetent” and constituted “unprofessional conduct.”

The case was the result of a 2006 complaint filed by Operation Rescue staffer Cheryl Sullenger. KSBHA prosecutor Reese Hayes formally notified Sullenger of the revocation order this morning.

“Based on the Board’s initial order, we have no doubt that George Tiller conducted illegal abortions, knowing fully that Neuhaus issued mental health diagnoses to support late-term abortions without having seen the patient or after an inadequate consultation with the patient that did not include a proper mental health evaluation,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

“Had Tiller lived, it is certain that his medical license would also have been revoked since he faced a similar complaint petition based on the same eleven patient files. The decision to revoke Neuhaus’ license vindicates ten years of our work in Kansas and proves that we were correct in our allegations that Tiller was doing illegal abortions.”

The eleven counts against Neuhaus were based on eleven patient records involving girls between the ages of 10-18 who received post-viability abortions in 2003 at Tiller’s now closed abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas. At that time, before post-viability abortions could be done, Kansas law required a second consenting opinion that the continuation of a pregnancy would cause “substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function” of the woman. Neuhaus provided all of Tiller’s late-term abortion referrals at that time and referred each of the eleven patients for abortions on mental health grounds.

However, according to Administrative Judge Edward J. Gaschler, who wrote the Board’s initial order that was released to Operation Rescue today, there was no evidence that Neuhaus ever saw many of the patients she referred for post-viability abortions.

In addition, there was no evidence that she conducted proper mental health evaluations. Neuhaus used a computer program called Psychmanager Lite to input answers to “yes or no” questions to generate diagnoses in spite of warnings from the program manufacturer not to rely on the program without conducting evaluations that Neuhaus failed to perform.

Dates on the computer printouts, indicate that the dubious diagnoses were made days or weeks after the abortions were begun.

Neuhaus’s initial order will be taken up by the full Board at their April meeting where it is expected to be finalized.

Operation Rescue will release a full statement soon concerning the details and implications of this order.

Read the Initial Order

Disciplinary Hearing Again Delayed For Former Tiller Associate

Topeka, Kansas — An Operation Rescue Staff member has been notified by the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (KSBHA) that there has been another delay in the formal disciplinary hearing of Ann Kristin Neuhaus, an abortionist who formerly provided George Tiller’s abortion patients the second referrals required for post-viability abortions in Kansas.

The hearing, which was to begin June 6, has been rescheduled to September 12-14 at the Shawnee County Courthouse in Topeka. Officials with the KSBHA told Cheryl Sullenger on Friday that the hearing was delayed due to “witness availability.” This is the fourth time Neuhaus’ disciplinary hearing has been delayed.

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.

This is not Neuhaus’ first encounter with the KSBHA. Neuhaus came under Board discipline in 1999 and again in 2001 for medical abuses, which included an alleged forced abortion on a woman who had withdrawn her consent, shoddy record-keeping, and lack of proper patient care. The KSBHA declared at that time that Neuhaus was a “danger to the public” and limited her ability to practice medicine.

The current charges against Neuhaus stem from a complaint filed by Sullenger in February, 2007, alleging that Neuhaus had an improper relationship with Tiller that violated the late-term abortion law requiring that the second referring physician have no legal or financial affiliation with the abortionist. That same complaint also netted an 11-count disciplinary petition against George Tiller for committing illegal late-term abortions, which was pending against Tiller at the time of his death. While Tiller had been acquitted of similar criminal charges, the KSBHA made it clear that their case was based on a different standard than criminal cases and would proceed. However, when Tiller died in 2009, the case against him was closed.

“We believe strongly that Neuhaus improperly issued second referrals that resulted in illegal late-term abortions in Kansas that endangered the lives of women and wrongly killed their viable babies. Couple that with her previous problems and we are convinced the Neuhaus presents a significant danger to the public,” said Sullenger. “Since Neuhaus has expressed a desire to resume abortions in another state, it is imperative that the Board revokes her license without further delay for the sake of public safety.”

Operation Rescue plans to attend the hearing.

Read the Neuhaus Disciplinary Petition