Ann Kristin Neuhaus, the Kansas abortionist who approved late-term abortion referrals to George Tiller and was later stripped of her medical license, states she is on the verge of declaring bankruptcy.
The Huffington Post, which refers to Neuhaus as “the latest casualty in the Kansas abortion war,” paints a picture of a victimized abortionist in its report that she is living hand to mouth in a disheveled house in a desolate location in rural Kansas. Her health insurance, which reportedly covers medications for her son’s diabetes, costs her about $1,200 per month, according to the report.
In February of 2012, LifeSiteNews reported that the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts had ordered the revocation of Neuhaus’s license. The board labeled her actions “professionally incompetent” and condemned her for “unprofessional conduct.”
The charges filed against Neuhaus were based on 11 patient records concerning girls between the ages of 10 and 18 who received late-term, post-viability abortions in 2003 at Tiller’s abortion clinic in Wichita.
At that time, before post-viability abortions could be done, Kansas’ law required a second consenting opinion that the continuation of a pregnancy would cause “substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function” of the woman. Neuhaus provided all of Tiller’s late-term abortion referrals at that time and referred each of the eleven patients for abortions on mental health grounds.
Administrative Judge Edward J. Gaschler said there was no evidence Neuhaus ever saw many of the patients she referred on to Tiller for late-term abortions. In addition, there was no evidence that she conducted mental health assessments.
According to LifeSiteNews, Neuhaus allegedly used a software program called Psychmanager Lite to input responses to “yes” or “no” questions to generate mental health diagnoses. The software manufacturer provides warnings that the program itself should not be relied upon without actual evaluations conducted by a professional.
The dates on the computer-generated diagnostic printouts indicated that the diagnoses were made days or weeks after the abortions had already begun.
The case against Neuhaus was the result of a complaint filed by pro-life organization Operation Rescue.
The state of Kansas charged Neuhaus nearly $93,000 for the proceedings.
According to the Huffington Post, Neuhaus said, “A huge percentage of that was for the testimony of that forensic psychiatrist.”
Dr. Liza Gold, an expert witness for the state from Washington D.C., testified against her–reportedly at a cost of approximately $74,000.
“I’m where I should have been about 30 years ago essentially, like starting over,” Neuhaus said. “Before all this happened, yeah, I was better off financially. But I was better of [sic] psychologically, too. I felt more confident and strong. Those are things I’ve really lost.”
Regarding the inadequate records that contributed to the invalidation of her medical license, Neuhaus said, “We all knew that we were operating in a fishbowl. I made [those records] skimpy because I realized that they could get into the wrong hands. And sure enough they did.”
For Neuhaus, the “wrong hands” apparently belonged to Kansas District Attorney Phil Kline. According to the Huffington Post, Neuhaus stated that Kline’s lead investigator “tricked her into handing them over by falsely promising her that he’d give them right back.”
Neuhaus indicated that, shortly after her license was invalidated, she filed an appeal in district court in Topeka to have it reinstated. According to the Huffington Post, her attorney Kori Trussell said, “If she wasn’t an abortion doctor, this never would have happened. We argued that the decision was arbitrary and capricious. None of her patients ever complained. None of them were harmed. So the context of the case being abortion is why they pursued it so adamantly.”
Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue, however, said that if Neuhaus’s license is reinstated, it will be a “travesty.” Sullenger told the Huffington Post, “I can’t understand how anyone would think she’s even competent enough to put a bandaid on someone. There’s some indication that she didn’t even speak to the women [she provided the consultations for].”
Neuhaus reportedly said that if she gets her license back, she will conduct research at the University of Kansas Medical Center but not return to work as an abortionist.
Apparently viewing her prior work as serving as a martyr for those who wanted abortions, Neuhaus said, “I’ve had enough… I feel that people have a responsibility to stand up for their own rights at some point. And if you don’t stand up for your rights you will lose them. We’re seeing that everywhere. You can’t expect people to keep martyring themselves.”