Topeka, KS – A Kansas judge ruled Friday that disgraced abortionist Ann Kristin Neuhaus, whose medical license was stripped for gross negligence related to illegal late-term abortion referrals, will not have to post a bond for the $93,000 in fees she owes the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (KSBHA) while she appeals the Board’s decision against her.
Neuhaus’ license was formally revoked in June by the Board based on a complaint filed by Operation Rescue’s Senior Policy Advisor, Cheryl Sullenger. The Board found that Neuhaus negligently determined that eleven girls, aged 10-18, were given shoddy mental health exams in 2003 that resulted in improper referrals for late-term abortions to George Tiller’s now-closed Women’s Health Care Services in Wichita.
“Neuhaus was found to have endangered the health of those 11 girls with what amounted to medical quackery. She knows there is no hope for her appeal to prevail. She is simply trying to dodge having to pay the financial consequences of her bad behavior. It is a shame that the judge in this case is going along with this charade,” said Sullenger. “Since she has showed no hint of remorse but has instead maintained a defiant and disrespectful attitude, she isn’t deserving of mercy from the court.”
Instead of posting a bond, the court will require Neuhaus to sign a statement promising to pay if her appeal fails.
“I’m sure that document won’t be worth a plugged nickel,” said Sullenger.
The Board ordered Neuhaus to pay nearly $93,000, the cost of bringing the disciplinary action against her. Kelli Stevens, the Board’s general counsel, told the Associated Press that is it concerned that Neuhaus will never pay the Board and the cost of her case would then have to be unfairly absorbed by others. Stevens indicated that the Board’s budget is financed by fees from the physicians it licenses.
“It would be unfair for them to bear the cost of her wrongdoing,” said Stevens.
Used in Neuhaus’ prosecution were 11 patient files obtained by former Attorney General Phill Kline during his investigations of abortion clinics. Kline was publicly castigated for those investigations, and faces possible disbarment over trumped-up ethical violations related to them.
Tiller was also facing a Board petition based on Sullenger’s complaint that was almost identical to the one that resulted in Neuhaus’ license revocation. Tiller would likely also have been subjected to license revocation if he had lived.
“The Neuhaus case proved Kline’s allegations that Tiller’s late-term abortion clinic was violating the law,” said Sullenger. “It is only because the offenses are now beyond the statute of limitations that Neuhaus isn’t facing criminal charges. While she plays the part of the victim, the truth is that she was a victimizer, and we must not lose sight of that and the harm that she caused as this case proceeds.”