It’s Time to Believe These Silence Breakers Concerning Sex Harassment and Abuse in the Abortion Cartel


By Cheryl Sullenger

Houston, TX — It was 2013. Kermit Gosnell had just been convicted of murder and illegal late-term abortions when Operation Rescue released its shocking report on similar behavior at a Houston, Texas, abortion facility based on eye-witness accounts of several clinic employees.

Making headlines were the sensational allegations that abortionist Douglas Karpen had twisted the heads nearly off late-term babies who survived abortions done beyond the legal limit. Yet, the credible allegations of sexual harassment and abuse also made by these same women were missing from the reporting.

It was actually the sexual harassment of female clinic employees that prompted one of Karpen’s clinic workers to initially contact Operation Rescue in 2012, followed by three other workers soon after. These women first came forward to blow the whistle on their former boss’ inappropriate and harassing behavior, and only later provided evidence of what appeared to be the murder of born alive babies.

They all told similar stories of harassment and inappropriate sexual behavior – stories that should have been believed by the Texas Medical Board but weren’t.

Houston abortionist Douglas Karpen.

They described how Karpen spoke in a rude and degrading manner about patients and their body types. One former worker told how he mistreated women who were heavier than he liked. While some patients were under light sedation, he would call them “cows” or “whales” in their presence even though they could still hear him. One employee accused him of charging these women more for abortions than those he found attractive.

Another former worker agreed that he treated women he found attractive very differently than those he found less attractive.

“Dr. Karpen’s body language changes when he is attracted to a good-looking woman,” she wrote. “The way he touched them when doing a pelvic exam would make my co-worker and me very uncomfortable.”

One patient who received two abortions from Karpen also complained about the way she was treated. She noted in a 2013 written statement that Karpen spoke vulgarly to her and treated her roughly during the insertion of laminaria into her cervix. She claims she felt so violated by him that she paid extra for full sedation during the final stage of the abortion. During her second abortion, before she was put under anesthesia, she claimed he slapped her thigh and remarked that she was a “thick girl.” She later filed an affidavit against Karpen claiming, among other things, that he subjected her to sexual abuse.

But it wasn’t just the patients who were mistreated. The whistleblowers claimed that female employees were subjected to sexual harassment by Karpen.

Several of the women were uncomfortable with his sexually-explicit “horseplay.” One of Karpen’s former workers witnessed one such disturbing incident. She claims that when another employee bent over to pick up something on the floor, Karpen came up from behind her and began “humping” her in a manner that simulated a sex act.

According to another employee’s affidavit, one of Karpen’s female clinic workers approached another and asked that worker to also remain at the office when she had to work late, so she would not be alone with “the pervert,” referring to Karpen.

Most of them said they put up with the sexual harassment because they needed their jobs and were afraid he would fire them if they objected.

The former Karpen employees submitted sworn statements to the Texas Medical Board about the egregious claims that Karpen was killing born-alive babies, but also voicing their concerns about sexual abuse of sedated patients, mistreatment other female patients because of their body types, and the sexual harassment in the workplace that they insist they had endured.

Nevertheless, the Texas Medical Board completely dismissed their concerns.

A tersely-worded letter issued by the TMB on February 8, 2013, stated, “The investigation referenced above has been dismissed because the Board determined there was insufficient evidence to prove that a violation of the Medical Practices Act occurred. Specifically, this investigation determined that Dr. Karpen did not violate the laws connected with the practice of medicine and there is no evidence of inappropriate behavior; therefore no further action will be taken.” (Emphasis added.)

The women’s statements concerning the alleged murder of babies who survived abortions, as well as their claims of sexual harassment, were later submitted to the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives. As a result, the Panel issued criminal referrals for Karpen with the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. Department of Justice, based primarily on the former employees’ allegations that living babies were intentionally murdered after surviving illegal late-term abortions – allegations that are now being actively investigated by the FBI.

But what was missing from the criminal referrals was any mention of inappropriate sexual conduct or sexual harassment in the workplace, perhaps because that was not the focus of the investigation, or maybe because such allegations are routinely viewed with skepticism.

However, if murdering living infants during failed late-term abortions is a believable accusation, why would the whistleblowers’ allegations of sexual harassment and abuse be deemed less credible? Each woman who came forward described her fears that she would not be believed, and it now appears their fears were well founded.

Today, with all the charges surfacing of inappropriate sexual conduct in Hollywood, and among politicians and news personalities, perhaps it is time to revisit the claims of the former Karpen employees and patient who broke their silence and all made similar claims of sexual harassment and abuse.

Despite sending signals he was preparing to retire, Karpen continues to operate abortion facilities in Houston and Dallas where women continue to be placed at risk of suffering from the disgusting behaviors described by those who were brave enough to blow the whistle.

“Karpen should surrender his medical license due to these allegations alone,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “The sexual harassment and abuse allegations against Karpen are serious and believable. If true, they should disqualify Karpen as being unfit to ever practice medicine again. The Texas Medical Board failed in their responsibility to police his conduct, and instead, became his enabler.”

Abortion facilities are perfect locations of opportunity for those prone to inappropriate sexual conduct. Indeed, such behavior appears to run rampant at abortion facilities nationwide. There is ample proof for that claim in the conviction of over a dozen abortionists for sex crimes, including rape, molestation, unwanted sexual contact with patients, and other sex-related offenses. [Read Operation Rescue’s report “Documented Sex Abuse Committed By Members of the Abortion Cartel” for the gory details – if you can stomach it.]

Still, there remains little public discussion on this uncomfortable topic.

“It’s time to believe women when they say they have been sexually harassed or mistreated by someone in the Abortion Cartel,” said Newman. “Until these allegations are taken seriously, those who engage in such appalling conduct will only feel empowered to continue it.”

The Karpen case is just one of many, but it illustrates the point that regulatory boards in Texas and elsewhere need to take a serious look at these kinds of allegations and stop covering up for the bad behavior of abortionists.

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Devious Abortionist Caught Red-Handed Doing Illegal Late-Term Abortions, But Board Doesn’t Care

Operation Rescue complaint ignored while Alexander remains free to break the law.

By Cheryl Sullenger

Forestville, MD – An abortionist who is currently barred from conducting surgical abortions at an unlicensed facility has been caught red-handed conducting late-term Dilation and Evacuation abortions late at night in an apparent attempt to avoid detection.

Harold O. Alexander has for years operated a nefarious unlicensed abortion business called Integrated OB/GYN Services, located on the third floor of an office building at 7610 Pennsylvania Avenue in Forestville, Maryland.

After his abortion facility failed a licensing inspection in 2013, the Maryland Board of Physicians issued a cease and desist order to Alexander directing him to stop performing surgical abortions and stop administrating certain drugs there.

A pro-life activist in Maryland filmed activity at Alexander’s office on evening of Friday, February 26, 2016, at approximately 9:45 p.m. The parking lot, which was usually empty at that late hour, contained several parked cars. That video was released to Operation Rescue.

Suspecting that Alexander may have been conducting surgical abortions surreptitiously to avoid discovery, an Operation Rescue staffer placed a phone call to Alexander’s business number posing as a woman seeking an abortion at 17 weeks gestation.

HaroldOAlexander-captionedAlexander answered the call and explained that at 17 weeks the abortion would cost $900. He further described how the abortion procedure would be done.

Alexander: Two day procedure. We would put medication into the uterus. That would be through the abdomen – needle through the abdomen. Then we put seaweed sticks in the cervix.

Caller: Okay.

Alexander: That will open up the cervix overnight, and we evacuate the pregnancy in the morning.

Caller: Evacuate?

The abortion process described by Alexander is known as a Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) procedure. The medication injected through the woman’s abdomen is digoxin, a drug that causes the baby to suffer a heart attack and die. The “evacuation” is usually accomplished by dismembering the baby and removing its parts from the womb.

D&E abortions are considered surgical procedures. However, Alexander falsely advertises them as “medication” abortions that are available to 26 weeks gestation on his web site.

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“There is another abortionist known to have conducted illegal late-term abortions at night to avoid being found out. His name is Kermit Gosnell,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Alexander has taken a page from Gosnell’s playbook by conducting late-term surgical abortions illegally under the cover of darkness.”

Operation Rescue filed a complaint and requested that the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene shut down Alexander’s illegal abortion operation pending the outcome of revocation proceedings.

In response, the DHMH sent back a letter noting the following:

The Board of Physicians (the “Board”) is in receipt of your complaint regarding the above-mentioned physician.

As you are aware, Dr. Alexander was charged by the Board on July 8, 2015. Based on the current pending charges and to avoid duplicative resources, your complaint will be kept on file with the Board.

“It is unbelievable that evidence of illegal late-term surgical abortions done by a repeat offender who is proven pose a danger to the public isn’t being taken seriously by the Board. Alexander is being allowed to continue to place the lives of women in danger with the blessing of the Maryland Board of Physicians,” said Newman. “It makes me wonder what it takes to get the law enforced in Maryland. Without enforcement, laws are meaningless.”

This is not the first time Operation Rescue has caught Alexander on the wrong side of the law.

Alexander had been subjected to license suspension in August 22, 2012, based in part on a complaint filed by Operation Rescue after a seven-month investigation into his association with disgraced Florida abortionist James Scott Pendergraft, IV. He and Pendergraft were operating an illegal late-term abortion business secretly out of Alexander’s Forestville abortion clinic. At the time, Pendergraft held no medical license in Maryland and was serving a license suspension in his home state of Florida.

The Board found that Alexander had illegally destroyed patient records related to his shady late-term abortion operation with Pendergraft while those records were under Board subpoena. The Board put an end to the Alexander/Pendergraft late-term abortion scheme.

According to disciplinary records, Alexander was improperly prescribing drugs like Viagra to non-patients, engaging in “sexual boundary” violations, botched abortions, and shoddy or non-existent record keeping.

In April 2013, just six months before inspectors would discover that Alexander’s abortion business was too dangerous to be licensed as an ambulatory surgical facility, Alexander’s medical license was restored and he was placed on a 2-year term of probation.

Not long after, deficiencies discovered during the failed inspection caused Alexander to face further discipline for unprofessional conduct and probation violations in 2014. When asked to produce certain medical records, Alexander was evasive. Eventually he produced the records, but never adequately explained why they were not available in the first place.

Later, Alexander blamed Operation Rescue for his disciplinary woes.

“We didn’t make Alexander break the law, or dish out Viagra like it was candy, or destroy subpoenaed medical records,” said Newman. “Apparently traditional discipline hasn’t been effective at helping him take responsibility for his own wrong-doing since he continues to offend.”

Alexander’s penchant for dishonesty, shoddy practices, probation violations, and illegal behavior should have convinced the Board to revoke his medical license. Instead, Alexander was placed on probation for three years.

Then in July 2015, Alexander was again caught conducting illegal late-term abortions. Disciplinary proceedings were once again initiated against him.

During an interview in November, 2015, Alexander told Board investigators that he had not conducted an abortion, but had delivered a still-born baby in what he characterized as a “miscarriage.” Yet, among documents collected during the investigation were consent forms for abortion using digoxin to cause fetal demise.

This case was pending when Operation Rescue again documented Alexander’s willingness in February to illegally conduct late-term Dilation and Evacuation procedures at his unlicensed facility in Forestville in violation of previous consent agreements and terms of his probation.

“To ignore evidence of dangerous illegal late-term abortions represents, in my opinion, a dereliction of duty. We again call on the Maryland Board of Physicians protect the public and shut down Alexander’s abortion business and suspend his medical license on an emergency basis until the Board can work through the process to revoke his medical license,” said Newman.

Please contact the Maryland Board of Physicians and demand that it immediately suspend Harold O. Alexander’s medical license and shut down his dangerous abortion business.

Maryland Board of Physicians, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Voice: 1-800-492-6836
E-Mail: dhmh.healthmd@maryland.gov

Gosnell Defense Rests Without A Witness as Judge Clarifies Murder Charge Dismissal

Hundreds of counts will go to the jury

By Cheryl Sullenger

Philadelphia, PA – In a surprise move, the defense in the Kermit Gosnell murder trial has rested without calling a single witness. The news comes on the heals of a clarification by Judge Jeffery P. Minehart about a mix-up in the dismissal of one of the murder charges yesterday.

Closing arguments are set for Monday.

Yesterday’s dismissal of nine criminal charges against accused murderer Kermit Gosnell stunned many who have followed this macabre case involving babies born alive during illegal late-term abortions then intentionally killed amid squalid conditions at Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” abortion clinic.

Today, Judge Jeffery P. Minehart clarified that he did not intend to drop the First Degree Murder charges for Baby C, a baby witnesses said was breathing for 20 minutes before it was stabbed in the neck by Lynda Williams in Gosnell’s presence.

Instead, murder charges should have been dismissed in the death of Baby F for which there was less compelling evidence.

Nevertheless, the dismissals are expected to have little effect on the trial’s outcome. Court records show that Gosnell still faces over 380 criminal counts, including five murder charges. A conviction on any of the First Degree murder counts would mean he could still receive the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

After heated arguments by Defense Attorney Jack McMahon and Assistant District Attorney Ed Cameron, Judge Minehart dismissed the following charges without explanation:

• Three counts of First Degree Murder in the deaths of Babies Boy B, Baby G, and Baby F (after correction by the judge).
• Five counts of Abuse of Corpse related to the discovery of five jars containing the severed feet of large aborted babies.
• One count of Infanticide in the case of Baby Boy B

However, according to court records, Conspiracy and Solicitation to Commit Murder charges for Baby G remain active and were not dismissed with the murder charges.

Also dismissed were were six counts of “Theft by Deception” against former Gosnell employee Eileen O’Neill, sho is standing trail with Gosnell. She is accused of billing for medical services provided as she was masquerading as a license physician. Three remaining counts will go to the jury.

Victims’ Cases Won’t Go to the Jury

Baby Boy B was discovered during the original 2010 law enforcement raid of Gosnell’s abortion clinic frozen in a red biohazard bag along with the remains of 46 other aborted babies. The medical examiner told the grand jury that he estimated gestational age of Baby Boy B to be 28 weeks. This baby was intact and bore the now-familiar neck wound that indicated his spinal cord had been severed. However, there was no testimony presented during the trial that this baby ever moved or breathed. Gosnell had been charged with infanticide related to the death of Baby Boy B.

Baby G was of an unknown gestational age. An unlicensed abortionist who worked with Gosnell testified before the Grand Jury that he helped Gosnell deliver Baby G and observed a “respiratory excursion,” or a breath. He said Gosnell then turned the baby over and severed his spinal cord with scissors.

Baby F was estimated to be 25-27 weeks gestation when Steven Massof, an unlicensed abortionist employed by Gosnell, assisted his boss in the abortion and delivery of the intact baby. Massof testified that he saw a leg “jerk and move” after which he saw Gosnell sever its spine.

Other Charges Also Dropped

The five Abuse of Corpse charges dismissed by Judge Minehart related to five jars of severed feet seized from Gosnell’s clinic. McMahon argued that they were kept for possible DNA sampling and as proof of gestational age, but medical professionals who testified all said that there was no known medical reason or precedent for such behavior.

While those charges have been dropped, it is estimated that over 380 other criminal charges remain, including four counts of First Degree Murder for the deaths of Baby Boy A, Baby D, Baby E, Baby F and one count of Third Degree Murder for the death of patient Karnamaya Mongar.

Four Remaining First Degree Murder Counts

Baby Boy A was the biggest baby that Kareema Cross had ever seen delivered at Gosnell’s abortion “House of Horrors” clinic in the four years she worked there. He was delivered to 17-year old Shaquana Abrams at 29.4 weeks gestation, according to an ultrasound record. Baby Boy A was so large, he did not fit into the plastic shoe box that Gosnell tossed him in. Cross said she saw the baby pull in his arms and legs while Gosnell explained the movements as “reflexes” telling her the baby really didn’t move prior to cutting the baby’s neck. Baby Boy A was so large, Gosnell joked that “this baby is big enough to walk around with me or walk me to the bus stop.” Cross and fellow employees Adrienne Moton and 15-year old Ashley Baldwin were all so “startled” by the size of the baby that they all took photos of the baby with their cell phones.

Baby C was an intact baby of over 25-weeks gestation. Kareema Cross testified that she saw Baby C breathing and described the up and down chest movements she observed for 20 minutes. She told the court she saw Lynda Williams lift the baby’s arm and watched as the newborn drew it back on its own power. Afterwards, Williams inserted surgical scissors into the baby’s neck and “snipped” the spinal cord. Gosnell was said to be in the room at the time. This baby’s murder charges were unintentionally dismissed in the place of Baby F, but were reinstated after Judge Minehart discovered his error.

Baby D was described by witnesses as 12-15 inches long with the head the size of a “big pancake” when he was delivered into a toilet. Kareema Cross testified that she saw the baby struggling, using swimming motions in an attempt to get out of the toilet bowl. Adrienne Moton pulled the baby out and “snipped” the neck, as Gosnell had taught her to do, while the mother watched. Gosnell has also been charged with Criminal Solicitation of Moton to commit murder of Baby D.

Baby E was estimated to be at least 23 weeks gestation and maybe more. After Baby E was delivered, teen Ashley Baldwin heard the baby cry and called Kareema Cross for help. Cross described the baby’s cry as a “whine.” Baldwin said that Gosnell when into the room then came out with the baby — which now had an incision in its neck — and tossed it into the waste bin.

Mongar Murder Count Still Active

Gosnell also still faces one Third Degree Murder charge in the drug overdose death of second-trimester abortion patient Karnamaya Mongar. Witnesses testified that Mongar was not breathing right but Gosnell completed the abortion before attempting to revive Mongar. A defibrillator present in the room at the time was broken and unusable. Gosnell also faces several other charges related to the death of Mongar, including Murder by Drug Delivery Resulting in Death.

Other Active Criminal Charges

Gosnell faces a massive amount of other charges related to his corrupt abortion organization, including several violations of the Controlled Substances act for sloppy or improper drug handling and administration by unqualified employees. He also faces numerous Conspiracy and Solicitation charges related to the murder of newborns and illegal distribution of drugs. Gosnell faces a whopping 310 counts of violating Informed Consent laws, 33 counts of abortion at more than 24 weeks, and 10 counts of Theft by Deception, and three counts of Corruption of a Minor. He is also facing charges of running a Corrupt Organization and Racketeering.

Below is a full listing of his active charges, all of which will go to the jury:

• Murder (Karnamaya Mongar), 3rd degree, 18 Pa.C.S. § 2502(c)
• Murder, drug delivery resulting in death (K. Mongar), 18 Pa.C.S. § 2506
• Controlled Substances Act, 35 P.S. 780-§113(f)(30), F-1
• Controlled Substances Act, 35 P.S. 780-§113(f)(14), F-1
• Conspiracy (Controlled Substances Act), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-1
• Solicitation (Controlled Substances Act), 18 Pa.C.S. § 902, 2 counts, F-1
• Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, 18 Pa.C.S. § 5105(a), F-3
• Obstructing Administration of Law, 18 Pa.C.S. § 5101, M-2
• Murder (Baby Boy A), 18 Pa.C.S. § 2502
• Conspiracy (Murder of Baby C), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-1
• Solicitation (Murder, Baby C), 18 Pa.C.S. § 902, F-1
• Murder (Baby D), 18 Pa.C.S. § 2502
• Conspiracy (Murder of Baby D), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-1
• Solicitation (Murder, Baby D), 18 Pa.C.S. § 902, F-1
• Murder (Baby E) 18 Pa.C.S. § 2502
• Murder (Baby F), 18 Pa.C.S. § 2502
• Conspiracy (Murder of Baby F), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-1
• Conspiracy (Murder of Baby G), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-1
• Solicitation (Murder of Baby G), 18 Pa.C.S. § 902, F-1
• Conspiracy (murder, generally), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-1
• Infanticide (Baby Girl A), 18 Pa.C.S. § 3212, F-3
• Abortion at 24 or more weeks (33 counts), 18 Pa.C.S. § 3211, F-3
• Conspiracy (Abortion, 24 or more weeks), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-3
• Informed consent violations (310 counts), 18 Pa.C.S. § 3205, M-3
• Theft by deception (10 counts), 18 Pa.C.S. § 3922, M-1
• Conspiracy (Theft by deception), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, M-1
• Controlled Substances Act (Massof), 35 P.S. 780-(§113(f)(30), F-1
• Controlled Substances Act (Massof), 35 P.S. 780-(§113(f)(14), F-1
• Conspiracy (Controlled Substances Act), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-1
• Corrupt Organizations, Racketeering, 18 Pa.C.S. § 911(b), F-1
• Corrupt Organization, Conspiracy,18 Pa.C.S. § 911(b)(4), F-1
• Corruption of Minors (3 counts), 18 Pa.C.S. § 6301, M-1
• Obstructing Administration of Law, 18 Pa.C.S. § 5101, M-2
• Tampering with or Fabricating Evidence, 18 Pa.C.S. § 4910, M-2

Gosnell also faces numerous Federal drug charges for the illegal distribution of narcotics that ended up on the streets of Philadelphia. He is expected to be tried in that case sometime later in Federal Court.

“The prospect of Gosnell being completely exonerated seems highly unlikely, but when a jury is involved, anything can happen,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “While the spotlight shines on this horrific case, we remain acutely aware that abortion clinics across America are operating in Gosnell-like conditions committing violations that Gosnell also committed. We continue to pray for justice in the Gosnell case and that all abortionists of his ilk will soon be brought to justice. May the Gosnell case speed the day when abortion is abolished in this country for good.”

Operation Rescue plans to be in the courtroom for closing arguments.

Gosnell Trial Archives

  • Shocker: Gosnell Judge Dismissed 3 Murder Charges, Five Remain
  • Common Abortion Abuses Reflected in Gosnell Abortion Patient Testimony
  • Powerful Testimony of Horrific Abortion Abuses Ends Prosecution Case in Gosnell Murder Trial
  • Prosecution: Files Show Evidence of Illegal Late-Term Abortions by Gosnell
  • Family of Dead Abortion Patient Give Tearful Testimony at Gosnell Murder Trial
  • Carnage: Grisly Testimony and Photos of Aborted Baby Remains Dominate Gosnell Trial
  • #Gosnell ‘Tweet-Up’ Grabs Attention As Grisly Murder Trial Continues
  • Dead or Alive: Gosnell Defense Floats Theory That Babies were Dead When Necks Were Snipped
  • Mental Illness Plagued Gosnell Employees Who ‘Snipped’ Baby’s Necks
  • Gosnell Witness Recants Guilty Plea, Still Testifies of Abortion Horrors
  • Exception or Rule? Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” Not So Rare
  • Gosnell Employee: ‘It would rain fetuses. Fetuses and blood all over the place’
  • Gosnell Sister-in-Law Emotionally Testifies of Mongar Death, Disposal of Bloody Remains
  • Aborted Babies Dramatically Testify Against Gosnell at Murder Trial
  • Homicide Determination in Abortion Death Sparks Outburst, Anger at Gosnell Murder Trial
  • Fight Breaks Out At Gosnell Murder Trial
  • State Inspector’s Horrific Discoveries at Gosnell’s Abortion Clinic Described In Court
  • Prosecution Reconstructs Abortion Room in Court for Gosnell Murder Trial
  • Abortionist Gosnell Rejects Plea Deal, Jury Selection Underway in Capital Murder Case
  • Jury Selection to Begin in Murder Case of Abortionist that Snipped Newborn’s Spinal Cords
  • Documents

    Read the full Grand Jury Report
    View photos of Gosnell’s victims
    View the Gosnell gang’s mug shots and description of charges

    Evidence that Led to Neuhaus’ Revocation Shows Tiller Did Illegal Late-Term Abortions for Years

    By Cheryl Sullenger

    Topeka, KS – An Initial Order released by the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts on February 21, 2012, revoking the medical license abortionist Ann Kristin Neuhaus states facts that show late-term abortionist George Tiller was doing illegal late-term abortions for at least seven years.

    “If the evidence presented in Neuhaus’ case had been presented during Tiller’s criminal trial, there is no doubt that he would have been convicted of illegal late-term abortions,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation. “This shows that Tiller was doing illegal abortions based on phony mental health excuses for at least seven years.”

    The revocation order is expected to be finalized by the full Board in April and is the result of a complaint filed in 2006 by this author.

    Neuhaus provided the second referral that Tiller needed in order to legally justify the expensive post-viability abortions that was his specialty — and his bread and butter. Each referral issued by Neuhaus was based on a mental health diagnosis that she claimed justified the late-term abortions. She certified that each woman met the narrow legal exception to the Kansas law banning post-viability abortions, which allowed such abortions to be done only if there was the risk that the woman would suffer a “substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function” if the pregnancy continued.

    However, the records show that Neuhaus was incompetent. She failed to conduct proper mental health evaluations on eleven patients that she referred to Tiller for post-viability abortions. Her diagnoses were a sham.

    In fact, Administrative Judge Edward J. Gaschler indicated that there is no evidence that Neuhaus ever personally evaluated the women beyond having them answer yes or no questions that were plugged into a computer program called PsychManager Lite, which automatically generated a diagnosis. For Patient #8, there was no evidence that Neuhaus ever saw her at all. The only information about the individual circumstances of each woman in Neuhaus’ patient records came not from her own observations, but from intake forms generated by unlicensed workers at Tiller’s clinic.

    “Based upon the evidence, the Licensee [Neuhaus] simply completed yes/no questions and answers and whatever diagnosis the computer gave, she assigned that diagnosis. This method of practicing medicine does not meet the applicable standard of care,” wrote Judge Gaschler.

    He concluded, “The care and treatment of the 11 patients in question was seriously jeopardized by the Licensee’s care.”

    Suspicious dates reveal illegal abortions

    In addition to the computer generated diagnoses, the dates on some Neuhaus’ computer-generated reports were indicators that late-term abortions were being done illegally.

    For example, Neuhaus’s reports for Patients #2, #6, #9, #10, and #11 were all generated and time-stamped after the dates that these women’s abortions already began. Tiller’s records showed that Patient #10 had her initial appointment on October 4, 2003, yet Neuhaus’ diagnosis report is dated November 13, 2003, nearly six weeks after the abortion would have taken place.

    For one file, that of Patient #5, the computer diagnosis reports were generated on August 7, 2003, but that date was crossed out and changed on the forms to August 12 and 13, 2003. The date that Tiller’s office indicated that Neuhaus had an appointment with Patient #5 was August 12, 2003. No explanation for the discrepancies was ever given.

    “It appears that diagnoses were being generated after the abortions had already begun, which would have constituted a violation of the law,” said Newman. “One was generated ahead of time before Neuhaus had any opportunity to interview the patient. This only confirms the long-held belief that Neuhaus was rubber-stamping late-term abortions for Tiller without any sound medical basis so he could collect on the huge fees he charged for such abortions, which ranged in price from $5,000 to in excess of $18,000 depending on the circumstances.”

    No basis for mental health diagnoses

    In all patients, Neuhaus failed to perform mental health evaluations, review the patient’s medical and social history, or make any kind of proper examination. She made no notations that indicated she ever spoke to the patients beyond the yes/no questions asked by her PsychManager Lite program, which was essentially meant to be a teaching tool for students of psychiatry. The program contained cautionary statements that the program should only be used in conjunction with proper mental health evaluations by skilled professionals. Facts in the Neuhaus case showed she was neither skilled nor did she conduct proper evaluations.

    Dsscussion at Neuhaus’ disciplinary hearing showed that one problem with the computer generated diagnoses was that some of the questions were compound, which gave no indication to the patient’s true condition or state of mind. An example of this was one question that asked if the patient had experienced any weight gain or loss. If the answer was “yes” there was no way to know if the weight was gained or lost. Weight gain in normal and healthy in pregnancy, yet the computer would count that as an indicator of possible mental health issues.

    “These diagnoses amounted to quackery,” said Newman. “The computer program could make normal and healthy conditions of late-term pregnancy such as weight gain, trouble sleeping, and lack of interest in participating in aggressive sporting activities, appear to be symptoms of mental illness. This was all to give the appearance that the abortions were medically justified, when in fact they were not.”

    When Neuhaus’ computer programs conflicted in their conclusions, or when her conclusions differed from that on Tiller’s intake forms, she never attempted to determine which conclusion was the correct one. She simply ignored them.

    Alleged suicidal ideation ignored

    Neuhaus’ computer reports indicated that some patients were suicidal, yet there was not one bit of information in the reports on which to base such a diagnosis. Neuhaus never referred these women for counseling of any kind. The only referral they received was for a late-term abortion.

    “If the Licensee sincerely believed that the patients were seriously mentally ill, it would seem likely that a treating physician would recommend treatment for these rather serious mental illnesses. Yet, the Licensee ignored these alleged mental illnesses,” stated Judge Gaschler.

    Patient #10: Unintended pregnancies cause mental health disease?

    Patient #10 was an 18-year old woman who was approximately 25 weeks pregnant. According to Tiller’s records, Neuhaus’ appointment with her was October 4, 2003. However, the computerized forms that indicated her diagnosis of Acute Stress Disorder, Severe, was not generated until November 13, 2003, nearly six weeks after the abortion took place.

    In order to qualify for that particular diagnosis, a patient must have “experienced witnessed, or was confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to physical integrity.” Neuhaus recorded no such event that could have been the basis of the diagnosis for Patient #10.

    Under questioning at Neuhaus’ disciplinary hearing, Neuhaus testified that the traumatic event in the patient’s life was the unintended pregnancy.

    “This would lead to a conclusion that any unintended pregnancy causes the mental health condition of the pregnant woman to be Acute Distress Disorder,” wrote Judge Gaschler. “There is nothing in the patient file to support this. The Licensee did not document this in Patient #10’s file.”

    Stipulation blocked this evidence in Tiller’s trial

    On March 23, 2009, Neuhaus’ employer, George Tiller, faced opening arguments in his criminal trial on 19 counts of violating K.S.A 65-6703, a state law that at that time banned post-viability abortions unless the abortionist “has a documented referral from another physician not legally or financially affiliated with the physician performing or inducing the abortion and both physicians determine that: (1) The abortion is necessary to preserve the life of the pregnant woman; or (2) a continuation of the pregnancy will cause a substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman.”

    On March 12, 2009, just 11 days before the trial, Asst. Attorney General Barry Disney entered into a stipulation agreement with Tiller’s lawyers that prevented the evidence from reaching the jury that was later presented in Neuhaus’ disciplinary case.

    Disney stipulated that the medical necessity of the abortions was not in dispute because Neuhaus had given Tiller “documented referrals” after she determined that continuation of the pregnancy would cause “substantial and irreversible impairment” to the woman.

    This effectively took Neuhaus’ incompetence and unsubstantiated, dubious diagnoses off the table, leaving only the matter of whether or not Neuhaus and Tiller enjoyed an improper financial or legal affiliation.

    The jury never heard about the diagnoses made days or weeks after the abortions, or about the concerns that Neuhaus never reviewed patient histories or conducted proper mental health evaluations. They never knew about Patient #8, who was never seen by Neuhaus at all, yet was referred by her for an abortion without having made any recorded diagnosis. The term “PsychManager Lite” was never heard by the jury, nor the fact that the diagnoses used to justify otherwise illegal post-viability abortions were completely baseless and without proper documentation. They never heard Neuhaus’ outlandish theory that unintended pregnancies by default make women mentally ill.

    In fact, Disney’s only witness for the prosecution was a very hostile and defiant Neuhaus who made sure everyone knew she resented being forced to testify against her friend Tiller.

    It is no wonder that the jury found him “not guilty” in less than an hour. They were blocked from hearing the real evidence that crimes had been committed. Had the jury been allowed to hear the real facts in that case, which were heard by an Administrative Judge in the Neuhaus disciplinary hearings, there can be no doubt that guilty verdicts would have been reached, and history would have been altered.

    “It is tragic to think that efforts to protect Tiller from legal accountability for his actions may have ultimately led to his demise,” said Newman.

    Operation Rescue complaint placed Tiller’s license in jeopardy

    Just moments after the jury read the “not guilty” verdicts in Tiller’s criminal trial, the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts announced that an 11-count petition against Tiller had been filed by them and would proceed despite the criminal verdicts. That petition was based on the same complaint filed by Operation Rescue that led to Neuhaus’ recent disciplinary action.

    “If the Board was willing to revoke Neuhaus’ medical license on counts nearly identical to Tiller’s charges, it would also have revoked Tiller’s license as well,” said Newman. “Tiller’s murder just two months after his trial tragically prevented him from being brought to proper justice. His killer was frustrated by the erroneous belief that the system was broken and could not work. In fact, the system was working, despite efforts to subvert it.”

    LeRoy Carhart, an abortionist who worked for Tiller, publicly stated that Tiller had announced his retirement to his staff just two weeks before his death. It appeared that Tiller may have been planning to retire his license rather than submit to Board discipline.

    Truth leads to victory

    There can be no doubt now that the bogus mental health diagnoses that were used to justify late-term abortions on paper were without basis and were concocted by Neuhaus in order to help Tiller circumvent the law. The post-viability abortions that Neuhaus referred to Tiller were done illegally. It has finally been proven through peaceful, legal means.

    “Thankfully, Neuhaus’ quackery has been exposed and she will never do another abortion. Her medical license is currently restricted and her revocation order will soon be finalized, bringing to close the final chapter in the Tiller abortion crime spree that spanned four decades and victimized thousands of viable babies whose mothers came to Wichita for late-term abortions from every state,” said Newman. “This is a victory for every pro-life supporter in the country.”

    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