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Kansas to Appeal Order Overturning Revocation of Dr. Neuhaus’ Medical License

Jessica Mason Pieklo

The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts will take the order overturning its decision to revoke the medical license of Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus, a Kansas abortion provider, to the Kansas Court of Appeals.

The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts will appeal a state court judge’s order overturning its revocation of Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus’ medical license, meaning that the politically motivated case against the Kansas doctor is not over just yet.

According to the Associated Press, the board announced its decision to appeal Friday after a 20-minute meeting with legal counsel. Neuhuas, a former colleague of the late Dr. George Tiller, has been the target of Operation Rescue operatives in Kansas as a result of her work with Tiller. In 2006, members of the organization filed a complaint against Neuhaus with the state medical board alleging Neuhaus was negligent in mental health exempts provided to 11 patients, ages 10 to 18, who needed abortion care. That complaint eventually led to the revocation of Neuhaus’ medical license.

Earlier this month, Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis overruled that revocation, holding that the case put forward against Neuhaus was inadequate and came “solely on an inference” from scant details in patient records that the mental health exams performed were insufficient. Neuhaus has defended her care, and the lack of patient detail in the records at issue, arguing she kept many details out of the records out of concerns over patient privacy.

According to reports, the decision by the board to appeal the order overturning Neuhaus’ license revocation did not come as a surprise to Neuhaus’ attorney. “The board probably recognized that they have essentially made a sizable commitment of resources, in terms of staff and budget, in the case,” Bob Eye, a Topeka attorney representing Neuhaus, told the AP.

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The decision to appeal Judge Theis’ order means the case now will proceed to the Kansas Court of Appeals for consideration.

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