Government & Politics

July 18, 2014

Anti-abortion group’s complaints stymie Johnson County health adviser appointment

Johnson County Commission Chairman Ed Eilert said there weren’t enough votes to support Allen Greiner’s appointment to a post similar to the one he has filled in Wyandotte County for about 10 years. Greiner’s appointment was blocked last month when Kansans for Life complained about his testimony supporting an associate of the late abortion provider George Tiller.

Abortion politics are apparently going to derail the appointment of a University of Kansas family medicine professor as Johnson County’s new chief public health adviser.

Johnson County Commission Chairman Ed Eilert said Friday there weren’t enough votes to support Allen Greiner’s appointment to a post similar to the one he has filled in Wyandotte County for about 10 years.

Eilert declined to elaborate on why the appointment was in political trouble, referring questions to other county commissioners.

He would only say that other alternatives are being examined for the job, which pays $40,000 a year.

Greiner’s appointment was blocked last month when the anti-abortion group Kansans for Life complained about his testimony supporting an associate of the late abortion provider George Tiller.

Kansans for Life was offended by Greiner’s expert testimony to the Kansas Board of Healing Arts in 2011 during a hearing on whether to revoke the medical license of Kris Neuhaus.

The board revoked Neuhaus’ license two years ago after she was accused of performing inadequate mental health exams on young women, who were then referred to Tiller for late-term abortions. A judge later overturned the revocation.

An attempt to reach Greiner for comment Friday was unsuccessful.

The appointment was held up in June at the request of 4th District Commissioner Jason Osterhaus. Efforts to reach Osterhaus for comment Friday were unsuccessful.

To reach Brad Cooper, call 816-234-7724 or send email to bcooper@kcstar.com.

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