Phill Kline's Legacy
  • Petitioned The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts

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The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts

Phill Kline's Legacy

    1. Petition by

      Kristin Neuhaus

      Nortonville, KS

Special interest groups like Operation Rescue should not be able to use the legal and administrative mechanisms of the State of Kansas, at taxpayer expense, to advance religious or social agendas.

The KSBHA has for a number of years bowed to pressure groups such as Operation Rescue and Kansans for Life, selectively investigating and punishing abortion providers, thus creating a hostile environment which deters physicians from providing a legal medical service. The evidence is posted on their site. If you ARE and abortion provider, you are MORE LIKELY THAN NOT to have been investigated, censured or otherwise disciplined by the Board. Contrast that with those that DO NOT provide abortion, where the likelihood is probably less than 1%.

This leads to the inescapable conclusion that either those physicians who decide to provide full reproductive services in Kansas are predestined in some way to become less competent physicians, OR that the Kansas medical board is seriously biased.

This latest investigation was announced immediately following Dr. Tiller's acquittal in 2009. It was brought on behalf of Cheryl Sullenger, who did time in Federal prison for conspiracy to commit arson against abortion clinics. Mrs. Sullenger is now a key member of the extremist anti-choice organization Operation Rescue, which has publicly committed to closing every abortion clinic in the United States.

The case is based on files obtained under false pretenses by then Attorney General Phill Kline, who was recently disbarred for numerous ethical violations in his single-minded attempts to destroy Planned Parenthood.

The State of Kansas is estimated to have spent at least $250,000 of taxpayer money, including three round-trip flights, hotel and meal expenses plus $400/hour for at least 10 days to a Washington, DC psychiatrist who has no experience caring for pregnant patients. This psychiatrist's testimony included the shocking statement that she could not imagine a real-life situation in which an abortion would be medically necessary.

The State of Kansas is attempting to bill Dr. Neuhaus personally for what is clearly a politically-motivated investigation.

In the case of Dr. Kristin Neuhaus, MD, we ask that the KSBHA consider not just the petitioner's evidence but also testimony presented by the defense, as well as the broader context of the case.

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    1. KSBHA hearing postponed until April

      Kristin Neuhaus
      Petition Organizer

      I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks on behalf of myself and my family to each of you. Your support and comments are very much appreciated. It has been a great privilege to serve my small role, and I am grateful to have been able to do so.

      Solidarity on International Women's Day 2012!

    2. Has violence deterred doctors from performing abortions?

      Kristin Neuhaus
      Petition Organizer

      In the past 30 years, the U.S. population has increased by half, from around 226 million in 1980 to almost 309 million in 2010. In contrast, from 1982 to 2008, the number of abortion providers has declined by almost half, from a peak near 3,000 to just over 1,500.

      Anti-choice activists first targeted clinics, burning or otherwise attacking over 800 facilities. Then they accelerated their campaign of terror, killing providers and bystanders, including police. After years of direct action, many of these groups have organized politically, run for candidates offices and now control the state apparatus. This has allowed them to inflict as much or more damage at no risk to themselves.

      If this trend continues, women in a broad swath of the U.S., mainly so-called "red" states, will be forced to turn once again to clandestine procedures, as trained providers will not be available. Recent medical literature suggests that self-administered aborifacients are already known and being used.

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. Final hearing date is Thursday, March 8, 2012 - International Women's Day

      Kristin Neuhaus
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for taking this seriously.

      The Kansas legislature and Governor Brownback are determined to push the legal status of women back to the Middle Ages in a futile attempt to reinstate their version of a theocracy in Kansas, even to the point of crafting legislation "allowing" physicians to lie to a patient, something that most modern physicians find highly unethical and morally repugnant, not to mention medically negligent. Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/29/kansas-abortion-bill-governor-sam-brownback_n_1307076.html

      No doctor should lose their license over hired testimony from an out-of-state forensic (criminal) psychiatrist who is not even familiar with the subject matter upon which she was paid $400 per hour to render an opinion, and who, in her own words, "can't imagine any situation in which an abortion is medically necessary." (see transcripts)

    5. Reached 10 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Paul Enos LAWRENCE, KS
      • about 1 year ago

      It seems a simple matter of justice. I'm ashamed to have my state's boards, etc., corrupted by politics.

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    • Nancy Shrouf HUTCHINSON, KS
      • almost 2 years ago

      This man has to be stopped.

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    • Kael Moffat TOPEKA, KS
      • about 2 years ago

      Because Dr. Neuhaus did the right thing.

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    • Katie Cottingham PEKIN, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      When I was thirteen years old my best friend from the age of two was abducted, beaten, and repeatedly raped. Her rape kit was "lost" by local police because after interviewing the two men who abducted and tortured her because they knew them and thought they were "decent men" and called my friend "lying white trash." When she was at the hospital undergoing the horror that is a rape kit she was given the morning after pill which she threw up from being so traumatized by the assualt and the police interrogation. After she missed her period in the weeks following the attack I knew I'd never tell any woman, or girl, that she couldn't have an abortion. She was fortunate and it was necessary. Others are not so fortunate.

      Yes, abortion is a serious medical procedure that should have follow up care that is both physical and psychological. But attempting to revoke a Dr.'s lisence who has likely saved the lives of numerous women by not forcing them to have a child that may have been the result of rape, incest, or was causing a life threatening condition is unreasonable and unacceptable.

      It should not be the place of any government institution on health to participate in political battles. You must follow the letter of the law as we all must and making exceptions for a political group is against the first rule of medicine: Do No Harm.

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    • Andrea Bell-Donovan WICHITA, KS
      • about 2 years ago

      I think it is a travesty that a doctor is targeted simply for the services they provide and not for the actual care they provide to their patients.

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