Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus provided second opinions to abortionist George Tiller from 1999 to the time of his death in 2006. State regulations outlaw late-term abortions, except when “substantial and irreversable” harm will result, injuring a “major bodily function.” Until recently, the law included mental health in this category. It also required that abortionists obtain a second opinion before performing the procedure.
According to reports, Neuhaus insufficiently analyzed 11 young girls who came to her for a second opinion, ages 10 through 18, and approved of a late-term abortion for each.
In February of this year, after Operation Rescue filed a complaint against Neuhaus, a judge ruled against the family practitioner, stating that the girls’ safety was “seriously jeopardized.” Records appeared to show little examination of the teen’s mental health before sending them to Tiller to have the abortion. Neuhaus claimed that she didn’t write down all of the details of each case in order to protect the patient’s privacy.
Yesterday, the Kansas Board of Healing Arts voted to revoke Neuhaus’ medical license, agreeing that her practices were unprofessional and inappropriate. Pending an appeal, she may never practice medicine again in the state.
Since Sam Brownback became governor of Kansas last year, restrictions against abortion facilities have tightened.