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Kansas doctor wants license back in abortion case

September 6, 2012

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— An attorney for a Kansas doctor sanctioned over her referrals of young patients for late-term abortions says a court battle she's started to regain her medical license is likely to be lengthy.

Kelly Kauffman, an attorney representing Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus, said Thursday it's likely to take two years or more to settle the challenge filed by Neuhaus in Shawnee County District Court.

Neuhaus hopes to overturn the State Board of Healing Arts decision in June to revoke her medical license.

The board ratified an administrative judge's earlier finding that Neuhaus didn't perform adequate mental health exams on 11 young patients she referred in 2003 to the late George Tiller, the Wichita physician who performed late-term abortions. Neuhaus filed her court petition last month and strongly disputes the allegations.

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notajayhawk 1 year, 7 months ago

Despite the efforts of Dr Neuhaus, and the usual knee-jerk liberals in Lawrence, trying to turn this into a women's rights issue, it's not. It's a professional competence issue. There are only two possibilities here, either 1) that she didn't perform the assessments or 2) that she did but didn't document them, as she claims. Here's the thing: EITHER ONE of those is cause for a finding of professional incompetence and losing her license, and not just in Kansas, but anywhere in this country.

Sorry for the interuption, please resume your self-righteous and totally irrelevant rants.

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scarlett 1 year, 7 months ago

All of the convos about abortion are useless. A woman's right to choose abortion is the law of the land. Backward states like kansas are doing everything they can to prevent that right. Little girls, disabled or not, should not be forced to have a child. Punishing the doctor is ridiculous. The doctor in this case was more compassionate by far than any of the white right winger nut jobs ever dreamed of being. Being christian is just a dream for them and a means to judge people and try to force them to obey their own beliefs. If any one of them thinks that women in this country are going back to the dark ages they are mistaken and, frankly, delusional. I hope the doctor in this case is soon a doctor again and that it's proven that the whole to-do is nothing more than political maneuvering.

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75x55 1 year, 7 months ago

Let her go down to Del Rio and set up a border blaster, like other quality Kansas physicians trying to get their licenses restored.....

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Agnostick 1 year, 7 months ago

"From a sheerly scientific standpoint, how can you deny that a fetus is anything less than a human life?"

Well, for one, it has not yet matured into a human life--it is still growing inside the woman's body. All kinds of pitfalls, dangers, and unexpected turmoil between week 1 and week 40.

"It is a unique organism with it's own unique DNA, comprising of strands from both the father and the mother. It cannot and will not become anything but a living, breathing human if allowed to mature to gestation"

IF allowed to mature to gestation. Sometimes, the woman's own body rejects this notion. It's called a miscarriage.

"Never before has a person had sex, the egg been fertilized and nine months later, an amoeba was born or a cancerous tumor was somehow formed in place of the fetus."

Similarly, never before has a three-week old zygote popped out of a woman's body, cried, nursed from its mother's breast, required diapers, a car seat, and a bassinet to sleep in. Have you ever tried putting a diaper on a kidney bean?

"A fetus, scientifically, is the earliest stage of a human life."

Agreed! And it is not a completely independent human life, either.

My solution? http://www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/agnostick/2012/jan/1/abortion-a-logical-approach/

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paulveer 1 year, 7 months ago

Danny, Yes, your post is respectful, but if you hadn't filled it full of your personal beliefs in order to prove a point, I would more likely believe that you truly wish to understand.

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Daniel Speicher 1 year, 7 months ago

I am not going to delve into the religious side of this debate. But, I have an honest question to ask those who are pro-choice. I'm not trying to be disrespectful, I simply am looking to further understand your point.

From a sheerly scientific standpoint, how can you deny that a fetus is anything less than a human life? It is a unique organism with it's own unique DNA, comprising of strands from both the father and the mother. It cannot and will not become anything but a living, breathing human if allowed to mature to gestation. Never before has a person had sex, the egg been fertilized and nine months later, an amoeba was born or a cancerous tumor was somehow formed in place of the fetus. A fetus, scientifically, is the earliest stage of a human life. Now, I understand we have differences of opinion. And, I'm not going to sit here and condemn every person who believes otherwise because my scientific understanding and my religious belief dictate a different way of seeing this. (And, I hope you can do the same for me.)

I truly wish to understand your viewpoint.

Respectfully, Danny Speicher

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Liberty275 1 year, 7 months ago

If she get's her license back, maybe she can afford better software and actually care about her job enough to do it properly this time around.

We can only hope.

"she kills babies for a living"

She rubber-stamped cases for Tiller the parasite killer. I'm under the impression she did none of the actual killing for some years before they took her license for doing shoddy work.

"And folks wonder what happened to the morals of this country."

People figured out the "morals" in this country were based on a book of lies and abandoned them. Unfortunately, most Americans were subject to "morals" long enough to forget how to be ethical. Now they are neither.

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jjinks 1 year, 7 months ago

Let's see if I got this right, she kills babies for a living and wants her license, what could ever be wrong with that? The society is so lucky to have a killer like that! They don't even have to go to prison for murder.

And folks wonder what happened to the morals of this country.

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akt2 1 year, 7 months ago

If she is allowed to practice again she should retain a child psychologist on staff. All future mental health evaluations for pregnant children could be referred to that professional. They could take it a step further and submit the final reports to the courts and social service agencies for further follow-up.

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 7 months ago

By the way, an appeals court can ONLY rule on whether or not the law was followed and whether there were any errors made in the decision making process, itself. It cannot reverse the decision of a lower court or regulatory proceeding for any other reason. The members of the board better hope they dotted their "i's" and crossed their "t's".

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Agnostick 1 year, 7 months ago

If Neuhaus went to court, and was found guilty, she deserves the penalty. Like anyone else convicted in a court of law, she's entitled to her appeals process.

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Glenn Reed 1 year, 7 months ago

Small skirmish in a large conflict.

I hope she gets her license back.

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 7 months ago

Can she get a 'permit' to promote DnC (Dilatation n Curettage) 'just' to complex Liberal girls?

That should be 'doable', "socially justified" if she leaves normal girls alone.

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msezdsit 1 year, 7 months ago

Hopefully she won't get a kangaroo court this time. The trial can't be in this bigoted state where the government wants to force women to live their lives as the bigoted right wingers demand of women to live their lives. Stealing this womens means of working and making a living is just another demand the government is willing to impose on women that don't obey them.

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SageonPage 1 year, 7 months ago

This woman is no friend of women or defenseless children in the womb. Her license should never be restored, she needs to find a way to become a poster child for B.O. , or perhaps get a job in Kathleen Sebelius office promoting abortions, and arguing with the Holy See.

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