Kansans for Life congratulates Rep. Steve Huebert (R-Valley Center) on winning first round approval Monday of a ban on abortions done for “mental health” of the mother when the unborn child is viable. UPDATE: In final action, HB 2166 passed by a veto- proof vote of 89-33.
The first publicized flouting of the Kansas ban on viable abortions happened just weeks after the law went into effect in 1998. The case involved a Michigan 12-year-old, then within the year, an Arizona 14-year-old, both taken to Tiller’s Wichita clinic.
State reports showed all gruesome late-term partial-birth abortions were done for the mother’s mental health! State reports annually failed to indicate imminent maternal death or physical medical conditions that would justify the destruction of babies able to live outside their mother at the time of the abortion.
The KFL-initiated 2008 citizen grand jury in Wichita saw redacted abortion files that indicated illegalities, compatible with what psychiatric expert, Dr. Paul McHugh, discovered: phony ‘mental health reasons’ made repeatedly by the same financially dependent doctor, Kris Neuhaus.
At Tiller’s March 2009 criminal trial, Neuhaus was forced to expose her role as the statutorily-required ‘second opinion,’ verifying the medical need for a post-viability abortion. She denied that being Tiller’s sole paid provider of the second opinion for many years proved she was illegally affiliated with him!
Sometimes Neuhaus only talked to Tiller’s clients by phone, other times in a brief one-time interview on Tiller’s premises. The women never knew who she was, what her medical qualifications were, or where to find her for future consults. They just knew it was part of getting their late, expensive abortion.
The clients didn’t bring extensive medical histories, that would point to an irreversible and substantial problem. Neuhaus bragged how she used online manuals to make the diagnoses of depression and anxiety!
Supposedly, the former state medical Board director, Larry Buening, cooked up this Tiller/Neuhaus scheme. Documents from KFL indicate the Board staff’s long collusion with abortionists.
The Board, under the direction of Jack Confer (Buening’s replacement) even filed a petition against Tiller for fraud and to remove his license. To this day, after having declared that Tiller’s business performed illegal late-term abortions for 6 years, Tiller’s former associate abortionists have retained their Kansas licenses and can open shop in Kansas if they please.
This bill, HB 2166, is long overdue. Huebert spoke of holding his new grandson who was born premature and tiny, “I can’t see there being a valid reason for allowing the mental health exception to be used,” he said.
Rep. Lance Kinzer (R-Olathe), who deftly explained the court rulings upholding this bill during floor debate, said such legislation is among the most important lawmakers face. “If we say our laws do not extend to protect those unborn children at that stage then it says something very deep, very dark and very disturbing about where we are as a culture.”