Has the Kansas medical license of Kris Neuhaus actually been revoked by the state Healing Arts Board? Not quite, despite certain media headlines.
An “initial order,” that her license be revoked was sent to the Board by Administrative Law Judge, Edward Gashler, who presided over her disciplinary hearing this winter. The order was made public Tuesday. (Kansans for Life was notified, because we have filed formal complaints with considerable documentation against Neuhaus, accompanied by thousands of citizen signatures.)
And the order strongly indicts Neuhaus’ so-called counsel of young pregnant women seeking late-term abortions in Wichita in 2003. The order also described Neuhaus’ sole professional witness (a KU physician) as “not credible.”
But the order that her license be revoked is not operative quite yet, as it is yet to be reviewed and voted out by a majority of the Board as a “final order”.
Because such matters legally require 10 days notice, the Neuhaus matter will not be on the Board’s regularly scheduled bimonthly meeting this Friday. It is probably headed for the Board’s April meeting agenda, although technically, the Board could ask to deal with it sooner.
(Neuhaus also is on the calendar for a separate Board-ordered hearing March 8, on whether she can upgrade her licensure status, which is currently limited to charity care. This was scheduled awhile ago and may well be cancelled.)
Should Neuhaus be allowed to keep her license in any fashion? No, the evidence is damning. Will she have it yet for a few more months– likely, because of ‘due process’ rules. Ironically, approximately 3,000 nearly-born children lost their lives to abortion in Wichita when they were denied due process in a scam that undermined the post-viability abortion ban.
As Executive Director Mary Kay Culp commented, “we look forward to affirmation of Neuhaus’ revocation by the current Board– which would be hard pressed to reach any other conclusion, given the crushing evidence against her.”
The crushing evidence in the “initial order”against Neuhaus came from Judge Gashler:
- “[Neuhaus] held herself out to be a specialist…but failed…to make competent mental health evaluations that meet the applicable standard of care. …There is no indication that [she] actually conversed with [any] patient.”
- “[Neuhaus] diagnosed each patient as having a major mental illness…[some] suicidal. Yet not in a single case did [she] make any recommendation that the patient be seen by a psychiatrist, psychologist or any other type of mental health worker. [Neuhaus] simply referred each patient for a pregnancy termination.”
- “Based on the evidence, [Neuhaus] simply completed yes/no questions and answers and whatever diagnosis the computer gave, she assigned that diagnosis. This method of practicing medicine does not meet the applicable standard of care.”
- “The testimony of Dr. Greiner [Neuhaus’ sole witness] is largely discounted. This is based on his relationship to her [he’s currently her supervisor] as well as the inability to find him credible.”