March 14, 2014

Kansas healing arts board to appeal ruling in abortion case

Medical board had revoked the charity-care license of physician Ann Kristin Neuhaus, citing deficient mental health exams on young patients seeking late-term abortions. But last week, a judge said that while the doctor’s records were inadequate, the board didn’t prove that the exams were.

The Kansas medical board plans to appeal a court order overturning its revocation of a doctor’s license over her referrals of young patients for late-term abortions.

The State Board of Healing Arts made the decision Friday to take the case of physician Ann Kristin Neuhaus of Nortonville to the Kansas Court of Appeals.

Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis last week said that Neuhaus kept inadequate records but that the board failed to show she provided inadequate mental health exams.

Theis ordered the board to reconsider its revocation of Neuhaus’ charity-care license in 2012 over exams in 2003 of 11 patients, ages 10 to 18.

Neuhaus provided second opinions to the late George Tiller, which were needed under a Kansas law to terminate the pregnancies.

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