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Neurologist Bettinger at PP

Kansas has a history of abortionists lacking formal training in obstetrics & gynecology, and abortion clinics have kept women in the dark about that.

Even now, with Kansas abortion clinics posting their abortion admission/consent forms online, they have not been including profile data on their abortionists on that form.  Knowing zilch about the abortionist contradicts the intent of full “consent.”

Kansas abortion clinic websites (except one very newly updated site) give no inkling of

  • the abortionists’ ages (five of the eight Kansas providers are over age 74)
  • or training (or lack of it).

For example, the Planned Parenthood business in Overland Park, Kansas, has recently begun listing a 76-year-old neurologist/psychiatrist, Irene E. Bettinger, on their online abortion consent form.

Bettinger received a medical degree 51 years ago. It’s anyone’s guess why she’s begun doing abortions. There was no news release found about Bettinger, or her qualifications for abortion provision. Perhaps she’s getting “on the job” training from Planned Parenthood’s other two abortionists, 76-year-old Ron Yeomans and 75-year-old Orrin Moore.

Abortionists Yeomans & Moore

In 2005, Bettinger testified against a pro-life bill in Kansas designed to protect teens from rapists coercing them into abortion. She has financially contributed to Planned Parenthood. But that is incidental to the fact that Planned Parenthood has decided she will be their provider.

Women searching for information online about Kansas abortion clinics only learn what the businesses want them to know.

Abortions in Kansas are contracted with one phone call or email contact. The Kansas Board of Healing Arts website can be searched to find some data on licensees, but there is no information on malpractice suits filed, the state where the abortionist actually resides, or the length of time they have been employed by the clinic.

The Kansas abortion consent forms (all online) are statutorily intended to be a “contract” verifying that the woman is fully informed about “her” provider, the exact abortion method to be used, medical risks, and the developmental characteristics of her unborn child.

The current abortion consent forms are not personalized, specific fact-based contracts.  They name all the staff abortionists, leaving each woman guessing whether she is stuck with someone who

  • is very inexperienced –or long past retirement;
  • has merited– or been stripped of– hospital privileges; and
  • is only in Kansas a few hours per month for abortions and not available for complications.

A KFL priority bill, the Disclose Act, HB 2319, was passed by the Kansas House 87-37 on March 30. An identical companion Senate version, Disclose Act, SB 98, awaits a vote in the Senate after they return from their recess in three weeks. The Disclose Act requires seven bullet points of data for each staff abortionist be itemized on the consent form.

Women should be given all relevant medical information before weighing an abortion decision, as well as a list of the free maternity support services in Kansas. The Woman’s Right to Know website provides this information and state law says that abortion clinics must post “an easily identifiable link” to that site on the clinic’s “home page.”

But that is not happening!  One abortion business has no state link on the home page and the other clinics drastically reduce the link’s type size and use light grey ink so it’s barely visible, or readable, much less “easily identifiable.”

Abortion clinic websites that are not correctly following Kansas law to help inform women are at the same time withholding the most elementary and pertinent information about their staff practitioners.

That needs to change.

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Judge Franklin Theis

Judge Franklin Theis

Abortionist Neuhaus

Abortionist Kris Neuhaus

I experienced an all-too familiar shudder when I recently learned Shawnee District Judge Franklin Theis had again overturned the Kansas State Healing Arts Board’s decision to revoke the license of disgraced abortionist Kris Neuhaus.

The first time her medical license was revoked, in July 2012, was for “professional incompetence” and “failing to meet minimum requirements for maintaining records.”  In March 2014, Judge Theis overturned the Board’s revocation.

The Board revoked Neuhaus’s license a second time in January 2015. (read more here)

Par for the course, Judge Theis took two years to issue his most recent decision undermining the Kansas State Healing Arts Board.

This is the same judge who, for five years, stalled motions to move forward on the lawsuit blocking Kansas’ long-sought law regulating abortion clinics.

ksbha-safeguardingThe Board, which has conservatively spent about $100,000 on this Neuhaus case, will consider how to proceed at their June meeting. (read more here)

I ploughed through Judge Theis’ brain-numbing 97-page ruling. The bottom line is that Judge Theis believes the Board’s “charge list” against Neuhaus is improperly worded under statute and misuses their own Disciplinary Guidelines grid.

INFAMOUS SCHEME
Neuhaus is the failed abortionist who made a living from 1999-2007 rubberstamping the legally-required mental health referrals for late-term abortions. She performed this “service” minutes before the abortions, and inside the Wichita abortion clinic of the late George Tiller.

Under the 1998 state law, the role she was supposed to play was that of an “independent” check on post-viability abortions by providing bona fide second opinions on maternal health. According to court records, before Neuhaus accepted the job, Tiller had called approximately 100 Kansas physicians who refused to participate in such an arrangement.

The specific patient cases used by the Board to justify Neuhaus’ revocation were

11 teens in 2003 for whom she used an online mental health “tool” to certify that the girls required third-trimester abortions.

Kansas has since banned all abortions after 20 weeks due to the unborn child’s proven capacity to experience pain. (read more on the law here)

COURT SAGA
The 58-year-old Neuhaus has been officially in trouble with the Board for the better part of the last 25 years, which has twice characterized her as a “danger to the public.”

Thousands of citizen petitions about Neuhaus had been sent to the state Board before it acted to revoke her medical license in July 2012 for

  1.  incompetence;
  2.  failing to meet the standard of care; and
  3.  record-keeping failure.

But in March of 2014, Judge Theis tossed the Board’s first two findings. He said they were based only on “an inference” from problems with her records –or lack of records–and remanded the case back to the Board  to refine the third charge.

The Kansas Court of Appeals refused to reverse Theis’s ruling in June of 2014. (read more here)

In January 2015, the Board issued a second revocation, and a lowered legal bill for Neuhaus to reimburse.  The Board characterized her as stubborn and “incapable of successful rehabilitation.”

Seems to me that description could also be applied to Judge Theis. Stay tuned.

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stop dismembering posterThe Kansas Supreme Court announced Wednesday that they have scheduled oral arguments for 9a.m. March 16, on the matter of a blocked ban on dismemberment abortions.

It’s been 11 months since the Kansas Supreme Court was asked to review two lower court decisions upholding a temporary injunction against the first-in-the nation Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, passed in April 2015.

The first state court decision was made by Shawnee District Judge Larry Hendricks, ruling in favor of a father /daughter abortion duo, Herb Hodes & Traci Nauser, who had already sued two other state pro-life laws. The second ruling was a split decision from the state Court of Appeals, which settled nothing. While this matter proceeds, all three Hodes/Nauser lawsuits are on hold.

The case before the Kansas Supreme Court is more than just a ruling on one method of abortion because the

legal attack needs the Court to declare a state right to abortion, one more broad and extreme that that created by Roe v Wade.

As described by one appellate court justice, G. Gordon Atcheson, the newly asserted state abortion right would undermine the Kansas pro-life protective laws currently allowable under Roe v Wade.

Kansans for Life agrees with State Attorney General, Derek Schmidt, that there is no such thing as a state constitutional right to abortion.

When adopted in 1859, the Kansas Constitution did not state, nor intend to create, a ‘right’ to abortion. In fact, in that same year, just before the adoption of the Constitution, the Kansas state legislature passed a law making it a crime to kill an unborn child by abortion. This law was in effect for over 100 years.

The Kansas Attorney General urged last February that the injunction be dropped, but the Court bided its time, during which, five justices up for retention election in November narrowly retained their seats. Only one justice had the support of pro-lifers.

The Lawrence Journal World described the issue of the March hearing as a legal challenge over a “law banning a certain type of abortion procedure commonly used in second-trimester abortions, a procedure that abortion opponents call ‘dismemberment abortions.’”

The AP Wire service was more clear when reporting that the case revolves around “a 2015 law that bans doctors from using forceps, tongs or other medical implements to dismember a fetus in the womb to complete an abortion.”

The legal matter is not whether the state legislature’s dismemberment ban was justified, but on the argument that abortion advocates will likely win at trial, when they can assert  a Court ratified state right to abortion as fundamental to women’s liberty interest.

Planned Parenthood had this pat comment yesterday, “We’re hopeful the court will see this for what it is, which is politicians attempting to practice medicine and endangering women in the process.”

Pro-lifers are hoping the Court sees what is always very much overlooked in these reports — the innocent, fully-formed little human beings facing a torturous and unjustifiable death.

What are  the “liberty interests” of those little boys and girls?

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Planned Parenthood in Overland Park

Yeomans is on staff of Planned Parenthood in Overland Park

Last week, the online New York Magazine posted a lengthy piece painting a rosy picture of abortion and a “heroic provider” in Kansas.

The focus of the 2,435-word-long profile, written by Caitlin Moscatello, is 75-year-old abortionist, Ronald Yeomans, now employed by Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP) in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kansas.

The writer portrays Yeomans as a Baptist-raised, devoted husband and anti-war pacifist who enjoys conversing with seminarians; a man who this particular Saturday morning “could be playing golf right now.” Instead he spends much of his work day brutally dismembering fully-formed unborn children, one by one, and mindfully reassembling each set of body parts onto trays.

Over and over.

With a price tag of up to $2,000 for each “procedure.”

What is the larger point Moscatello is using Yeomans to illustrate? That 100 years after its beginnings, Planned Parenthood operates two of the four abortion clinics in Kansas.

What Moscatello doesn’t tell you is that Yeomans returned to Planned Parenthood employment after he closed the sordid Aid for Women “cash only” abortion clinic in July 2014 due to “falling profits.”

For decades Aid for Women (AFW) was located in one of the poorest inner-city neighborhoods in Kansas City, Kansas. It used a series of abortionists with a documented history of malpractice and disciplinary actions from the state medical board. Those disgraced practitioners include original co-owner abortionists Malcolm Knarr and Sherman Zaremski, as well as later staff abortionists, Kris Neuhaus and Krishna Rajanna.

Under Yeomans’ control, the AFW website expanded its churlish critique of the “Woman’s Right to Know” state health department-provided information. This information is required by law to be accessed by clients 24 hours prior to obtaining any Kansas abortion. It is available both as a handout and online.

Aid for Women clinic

Aid for Women clinic

Yeomans’ AFW website discredited the state health information as authorized by “Republican misogynist (women-hating) bullies.” Yeoman’s website included rants and bizarre statements, for example, that cancer was a living human organism like the unborn child. (Read more here)

YEOMAN’S CLINIC FAILED STATE INSPECTION
You also won’t read in New York Magazine that in June 2011, with Yeomans at the helm, AFW was unable to pass state inspection for a Kansas abortion clinic license. However, because the new licensure law was soon enjoined in state court, AFW’s deficient facilities stayed open for business.

Yeomans challenged the 2011 licensure law in federal court, then dropped his suit and had the gall to have his attorneys file for state reimbursement for their legal fees! (Reimbursement was denied.)

One of Yeomans’ AFW attorneys is married to the radically pro-abortion judge on the Kansas Court of Appeals, G. Gordon Atcheson. The appellate court’s split decision issued in January (read more here) included Atcheson’s 38-page long concurring opinion defending the discovery of a“state right to abortion.” Due in large part to Atcheson, the Kansas 2015 ban on dismemberment abortions is under injunction and not in effect. 

As a result, Yeomans and Planned Parenthood Great Plains’ other abortionist, 74-year-old Orrin Moore, can continue to profit from performing those barbaric dismemberment abortions.  On the PPGP website, the dismemberment abortion method is described as, ” Medical instruments and a suction machine gently empty your uterus.” That’s one whale of an understatement.

Wichita Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood in Wichita

CIRCUIT-RIDING AT AGE 75
Another “service” Yeomans does for profit is to drive six hours roundtrip to Wichita to dispense abortion pills at a hole-in-the-wall PPGP clinic. He shares this new circuit task with Moore, and they alternate weeks.

Yeomans tells New York Magazine that although this circuit is taxing, it shows how he is “needed.” I’d argue he’s needed only in the sense that Planned Parenthood decided in March that they needed their guys to get a cut of the profits that the other Wichita abortion clinic was reaping in abortion pills.

Which leaves as unanswered, the question, “what about the ‘needs’ of women experiencing problems with the powerful abortion drugs they ingested– when Yeomans /Moore are three hours away in Overland Park?”

So, Ron Yeomans, who could (as Moscatello tells readers in the first paragraph) be playing golf like retirees of his age, is still plying the grisly trade of abortion.

The audience that this piece is written for is supposed to be in awe of his dedication.

And to cap it off, the author reveals Yeomans hopes his 16-year-old granddaughter will follow in his footsteps because, “she started her school’s first feminist club, wants to be a doctor [and visits him] at the clinic.”

Well, the rest of us can only pray that Yeoman’s granddaughter will take a different path– perhaps with the influence of America’s pro-life millennial majority.

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Julie Burkhart

Julie Burkhart

Oklahoma– Kansas grieves with you on the sad occasion of last week’s opening of the South Wind Women’s Center in Oklahoma City (SWWC-OC), run by Kansas abortion entrepreneur, Julie Burkhart.

We grieve that more innocent, unborn babies will be brutally destroyed while an exuberant press regurgitates Burkhart’s inane “Trust Women” propaganda, written by their new press agent– a former long-time reporter for the McClatchy-published Wichita Eagle—such as:

  • metro areas without abortion clinics are “underserved communities;”
  • Burkhart’s businesses “provide high-quality health care,” and
  • the public believes her clinic “is going to serve the community well.”

The new clinic will perform abortions up to 21.6 weeks. Burkhart has been predicting for months that it will do “1,500 abortions in the first year, increasing to as many as 3,000 per year after a few years.“

Trust Women Foundation boasted last Monday that it received a $100,000.00 grant from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in New York to open more clinics in “underserved communities.” Notwithstanding, apparently, when residents don’t want them opened.

Oklahoma citizens didn’t want another abortion shop. Pro-life prayer vigils are already being held outside SWWC-OC.

In fact, Oklahomans wanted, and achieved, a state ban on dismemberment abortions, although—as in Kansas– the law is being litigated and not yet in effect.

Thus, tragically, many more hundreds of well-developed, fully-formed babies will soon die in excruciating pain when Burkhart’s practitioners use sharp-toothed metal tools to tear them apart, limb from limb, using the gruesome dismemberment method. dismemberment-brochure-art

And to add insult to the barbaric process, Burkhart charges up to $2,000.00 for each dismemberment abortion.

Burkhart says six practitioners will staff SWWC-OC. One is already notorious–  Colleen McNicholas, a traveling ob/gyn employed by Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, Missouri, as well as by Burkhart in Wichita, Kansas.

A fawning May article in Marie Claire began with this chilling data: “By the end of her eight-hour workday, [McNicholas] will have terminated 31 pregnancies.”

Although likely penned by the author to portray McNicholas positively, that sentence betrays the hardened reality of Burkhart’s business:

each hour, four beautiful unborn children will undeservingly suffer grisly deaths. Each hour, Burkhart will reap thousands of dollars in profit.

That’s not health care at all. Nor is it serving the community.

And that is why we grieve.

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smaller baby in bronze judicial scale

Judges, protect the unborn!

Just before the holiday weekend, key arguments were filed with the state Supreme Court of Kansas on behalf of abortionists who want to continue dismembering living unborn babies limb from limb until they bleed to death, and from attorneys for the state Attorney General’s office who are defending the state’s ban on dismemberment abortions.

Last April 2015, Kansas was the first state to pass “The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act.” Four other states have now enacted this law –Oklahoma, West Virginia, Mississippi, and Alabama. The bill is on the governor’s desk in Louisiana and expected to be signed perhaps today.

The federal constitutionality of this ban has not been tested, but it was drafted as the logical consequence of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2007 Gonzales ruling upholding a federal ban on heinous partial-birth abortion method abortions.  Gonzales was based on the reasoning that abortionists’ preferences cannot trump compelling governmental interests in regulating the medical profession and voicing respect for human life and dignity.

Hodes & Nauser

Abortionists Nauser & Hodes

BACKGROUND, KANSAS LAWSUIT
Attorneys from the New York City-based Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) challenged the Kansas dismemberment ban in state court last June on behalf of Kansas City suburban father-daughter abortionists, Herb Hodes and Traci Nauser. They asserted that a hitherto-undiscovered Kansas constitutional foundation exists for abortions—one that precludes banning dismemberment method abortions.

 Judge Hendricks

Judge Hendricks

Shawnee District Court Judge Larry Hendricks found the novel CRR position so appealing that within moments of the oral arguments last July, he imposed an injunction preventing the ban from going into effect.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt sought immediately to undo that injunction with the Kansas state Court of Appeals. (see documents here) However the Court of Appeals rendered a split ruling January 22, allowing these abortions to continue unabated.

AG Derek Schmidt

AG Derek Schmidt

Both sides appealed to the state Supreme Court. (see AG supplemental filing and abortionist supplemental filing) In addition to arguing that the trial judge’s conclusion was in error, Schmidt’s office argued that the appellate ruling was –in fact—actually a 7-6-1 decision and is hopelessly confusing. The state Supreme Court has since agreed to review the matter but the hearing date has not yet been set.

NATIONAL IMPACT
If the claim that abortion is grounded in the state Constitution succeeds, the strategy will undoubtedly be used in every other state. Thus these new legal filings last week are of the utmost importance not just to Kansas but to all states. Of paramount concern is that credence will be given to these abortion attorneys’ claims:

  1. that a state Constitution must be contorted to contain an even more radical basis for unlimited abortion than that of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v Wade ruling;
  2. that the Kansas Bill of Rights language about “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” (that many states share) must elevate woman’s “self-determination” and “decisional autonomy” and ignore the distinct, separate rights of the fully-human unborn child; and
  3. that Courts must be emboldened to ignore plain reading standards and accept “evolving” reasons to invalidate duly-passed legislation.
KS court appeals

Kansas Court of Appeals

On Jan . 22, 2016, seven of the 14 members of the Kansas state Court of Appeals firmly rejected those claims. They acknowledged what seven other appellate judges ignored—that there is an unborn child’s right to life at stake.

“Because the Kansas Constitution provides no substantive due process right to abortion, our legislature is free to restrict abortion procedures to the extent it finds it appropriate.”

Furthermore, they rightly concluded there is no right to abortion “expressly found in the text” of the state Constitution and that “it should not be done by judicial decree.”

Ks Supreme Court

Kansas Supreme Court

As the Kansas Supreme Court begins consideration of this issue, they:

  • should refuse to take the pro-abortion activist stance which invents abortion protection that did not exist in the Kansas pre-Civil War Constitution, nor afterward, and
  • should properly stay within its judicial boundaries and affirm duly-passed laws that protect tiny unborn girls and boys from inhumane torture.

We can only hope and pray this Court will do the right thing.

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Burkhart rolling stone captured May 2016Well, May is here, and with it comes the now apparently obligatory annual media interviews fawning over abortion profiteer Julie Burkhart.

Burkhart started the George Tiller legacy project [Trust Women] after the infamous Wichita abortionist’s death on May 31, 2009. Every May afterwards, the media spins a “memorial” of sorts to Tiller and Burkhart, who had run his sizable political money operation.

The tributes escalated three years ago when, after much fanfare, Burkhart opened the SouthWind Women’s Center on the site of Tiller’s old Wichita, Kansas abortion location. It is part of her drive to “forge new frontiers” in the Midwest– which pro-abortionists term a “desert” of “abortion care.”

On cue last week, lengthy pro-Burkhart features turned up in Rolling Stone and Marie Claire, as well as a variety of state and national reports.

They were orchestrated undoubtedly by Trust Women’s new publicist, Deb Gruver. It was quite the coup getting Gruver, who recently ended a 26-year news reporting career, with the last 15 years writing for the pro-abortion Wichita Eagle.

The Burkhart media blitz included:

  • May 17 – a story from the liberal National Council of State Legislatures in which Burkhart complains of health inspections under conservative governors and spending over $200,000 in (unspecified) legal fees.
  • May 19 – a Wichita Eagle Guest Column by Burkhart, claiming that Kansas abortion “restrictions” keep poor women in “second class” teaching and nursing jobs instead of lucrative careers and political offices.
  • May 19 – a TV news feature on Burkhart’s “challenges” to opening a clinic in Oklahoma, because it is such “a politically hostile environment for women and their families.”
  • May 19 – an Eagle/AP report on how the 1991 Wichita Summer of Mercy forged –in rebuttal–Burkhart’s “determination” that fuels opening a new $1 million Oklahoma City abortion clinic.
    Julie Burkhart

    Burkhart

    McNicholas headshot

    McNicholas

  • May 19 – an extensive article in Marie Claire that lionizes Burkhart’s Wichita/Oklahoma fly-in abortionist, Colleen McNicholas; McNicholas admits to a rate of 31 abortions per 8-hour shift when she works at the Planned Parenthood in St. Louis.
  • May 20 – a Washington Post article (also in the Eagle) about Burkhart’s circuit-riding Missouri abortionist and her confidence that abortion attorneys will block any Oklahoma pro-life law that threatens them,
  • May 20 – Robin Marty’s piece in RollingStone where Burkhart whines about how hard it was to find the Oklahoma location and obey state regulators; she also claims pro-life laws unfairly scare women about the caliber of abortionists and their facilities, whereas SouthWind clients compliment her “all the time” on how “clean and nice” her facility is. (I’m not kidding.)
  • May 21- another Eagle/AP story that extensively details Burkhart’s financial issues, with her prediction that many “underserved” Texas women will use her Oklahoma City clinic.

The unifying media message in these articles is that (1) Burkhart battles “hostile’ pro-life state legislatures and (2) she may lose ground in an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Texas HB 2 abortion clinic regulations.

The Court threat for Burkhart was spelled out in Marie Claire:

All three states where McNicholas performs abortions [MO-KS-OK] have admitting-privileges laws on the books… Kansas and Oklahoma have also passed privileges laws, but both are currently on hold pending legal challenges. McNicholas has admitting privileges only in St. Louis, which means if HB2 is upheld and Kansas’ and Oklahoma’s pending laws are enacted as a result, she will no longer be able to perform abortions anywhere outside St. Louis.”

16 wks unbornPBS reported that Burkhart’s SouthWind Wichita clinic charges up to $2000 for dismemberment abortions past 14 weeks gestation. She is quoted in Rolling Stone that her Oklahoma City business will do higher gestation abortions—abortions on even more mature and developed babies—at expectedly higher prices.

A whole lot of money is riding on Burkhart having abortionists available for hire.

Although the media acquiesces to the annual May blast of stories portraying Burkhart as continuing some noble quest in honor of Tiller, we know better.

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