By Kathy Ostrowski, Legislative Director, Kansans for Life
Late on Friday, January 9, the Kansas Board of Healing Arts issued a final order of license revocation for abortionist Kris Neuhaus, calling her “incapable of successful rehabilitation.” Kansans for Life applauds the resolve of the Board in protecting the public from her.
Neuhaus’ license had been revoked in 2012. She had failed to follow both standard of care and record-keeping protocols when providing the legally-required “second independent medical opinion” that enabled 11 young girls (ages 10-18) in 2003 to obtain third-trimester abortions at the Wichita abortion clinic of the late George Tiller.
Neuhaus challenged that revocation in state district court. While upholding the Board’s findings that Neuhaus repeatedly failed to document patient histories properly, Judge Franklin Theis vacated the standard of care charge and sent the matter back to the Board for a “do-over” on Dec. 11.
The Board upheld using the sanction of revocation for record-keeping misconduct, because this was Neuhaus’ “third strike ” in this arena.
Neuhaus had been involved in two prior disciplinary actions from the Board between 1999-2001. As part of retaining her medical license then, she had legally PROMISED to correct her admitted record-keeping failures in the future.
Creating and maintaining proper medical records is not a trivial matter. The Board asserted that the “the interest of the patient is paramount. …Failure to properly document denies the patient of the opportunity to receive proper follow up care and treatment.”
The Board particularly cited the youth, inexperience and vulnerability of the 11 patients, “who may have had a unique need for follow up because [Neuhaus] testified that some exhibited suicidal ideation or other indicators of mental illness or psychiatric problems.”
The Board found that Neuhaus:
· intentionally, willfully and knowingly committed multiple violations of the Kansas Healing Arts Act;
· “has not learned from prior disciplinary actions [and] fails to express contrition or otherwise acknowledge the wrongful nature of her conduct”;
· feels” justified in her actions and showed no signs of remorse.”
Neuhaus’ attorney, Bob Eye, had pressed that Neuhaus had already suffered a sufficient penalty because she had not had her Kansas medical license for the past few years during litigation. However, the Board disagreed, saying continued revocation and court costs were warranted under their sanctioning guidelines.
Attorney Eye told the Associated Press “that procedurally, Neuhaus could ask for a rehearing or appeal to the district court.”