Kansas Abortionist Whose Phony Mental Health Diagnoses Led to Late-term Abortions Gets New Hearing

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Published on: December 4, 2014

Topeka, KS — An abortionist whose license was revoked in 2012 for providing phony mental health diagnoses that were used to justify otherwise illegal late-term abortions for George Tiller’s Women’s Health Care Services abortion facility in Wichita, Kansas, will once again appear before the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts on December 11, 2014.

This time, Ann Kristin Neuhaus faces the possibility of getting her medical license back after a county judge ruled earlier this year that the Board wrongly revoked Neuhaus’ license and ordered them to reconsider disciplinary measures.

Neuhaus’ disciplinary case was based on a complaint filed in 2006 by Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor for Operation Rescue. That complaint also resulted in a similar disciplinary petition against Neuhaus’ employer, Tiller, which was pending at the time of his death in 2009.

Neuhaus was hired by Tiller to provide a second referral that was required by law at that time before post viability abortions could be legally done.

“During her disciplinary process and beyond, Neuhaus showed disrespect for the law, contempt for the authority of the Board of Healing Arts, and absolutely no remorse for her actions that condemned young girls to traumatic late-term abortions that were not in their best interests,” said Sullenger. “Her attitude that laws do not apply to her makes her dangerous and completely unfit to practice medicine.”

At issue in her case were late-term abortion referrals made for girls ages 10-18. In each case, Neuhaus used that mental health diagnoses to justify the abortions.

However, it was discovered that Neuhaus was using an undependable teaching program called PsychManager to calculate a diagnosis using simple “yes or no” answers to general and often compound questions. The practice amounted to incompetence and negligence.

“There is no mental illness for which abortion is the cure, as the state’s expert witness testified at the time of Neuhaus’ disciplinary hearing,” said Sullenger, who was present throughout the proceedings. “If Neuhaus gets her license back, it is pretty much guaranteed that she will jump back into the abortion business, and that will only spell out tragedy for anyone unfortunate enough to be subjected to her brand of quackery.”

Neuhaus has stated that an unexpected pregnancy causes women to become mentally ill without exception. She also has stated that she believes that pregnancy is a life-threatening condition and alone justifies abortion at any stage of pregnancy.

Neuhaus has a history of previous Board discipline, which shows a pattern of incompetence that should result in harsh discipline at her next hearing, in spite of the judge’s ruling that set aside the revocation.

“We are thankful that our complaint has kept her from killing innocent children and hurting women for several years, and we remain hopeful that Neuhaus will never practice medicine again, because to allow her to be relicensed would undermine the authority of the Board of Healing Arts to hold anyone to their standards of professionalism and patient care,” said Sullenger.

All of Neuhaus’ disciplinary documents, including hearing transcripts and other records, can be accessed at AbortionDocs.org.

A video interview with transcripts featuring the expert opinion of Dr. Paul McHugh on the negligence of Neuhaus’ referrals to George Tiller for otherwise illegal late-term abortions is available at OperationRescue.org.


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