Hearing scheduled for former Tiller associate

by Dennis Sharkey 

A Jefferson County doctor who made referrals to the late abortion doctor George Tiller will likely lose her license at a hearing scheduled for tomorrow (Friday).

Dr. Ann K. Neuhaus, rural Nortonville, will appear before the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts at 9 a.m. on Friday.

Neuhaus’ husband, Mike Caddell, sent an e-mail earlier this month saying that his wife had received a letter from the board asking her to appear.

The board heard nearly six days of testimony last November but has twice canceled hearings concerning Neuhaus’ license.

One hearing was held where Administrative Judge Ed Gaschler recommended the doctor’s license be revoked. He was the judge who presided over the hearings.

Gaschler’s recommendation was based on the medical records of 11 of Tiller’s patients who received abortions and were referred to him by Neuhaus.

Caddell said his wife has been prevented from doing unpaid charity work for the last several months since Gaschler’s recommendation. Caddell said in the e-mail that she is considered by some to be a danger to the public.

“I guess over 10,000 uncomplaining patients doesn’t count,” Caddell said in the e-mail. “Takes a convicted clinic bomber to file a complaint to get the Board’s attention.”

The person Caddell refers to is Cheryl Sullenger. She and her husband were convicted of plotting to blow up an abortion clinic and both served time in jail. Sullenger, and Operation Rescue founder Troy Newman filed the orginal complaint against Tiller and Neuhaus. Newman originally operated the organization in California. In 2002 Newman moved the operation to Wichita, the same year a $880,000 judgement was levied against the group for harassment.

Both Sullenger and Newman have been present during Neuhaus’ proceedings and hearings.

Neuhaus in an exclusive interview with the paper in February said the process in her case is corrupt and that the system in Kansas needs reform.

She said anyone whether or not they have ever been a patient of a doctor can file a complaint against any physician.

“It’s potentially abusable,” she said back in February about the process the KSBHA uses to monitor doctors.

Neuhaus also took issue with Gaschler’s report and said it seemed like Newman wrote the report for him.

Caddell said in the e-mail that the letter stated that this will be the final order in his wife’s case.

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