Kansas Doctor Loses License For Allowing A 10 Year Old Rape Victim To Have An Abortion


You want to know why I think that a sex strike needs to happen in this country over the issue of reproductive rights? Because this is the kind of horrendous bullshit that goes on in the Christian Taliban state formerly known as Kansas:

Neuhaus was hoping to have her full medical license restored after spending years only allowed to provide limited medical care for charity work.  Instead, an ongoing investigation into 11 patient cases obtained by Operation Rescue became the center of a movement to have her license stripped all together.

The cases all involved girls who sought abortions due to mental health issues from depression to suicide, with an age range from 17 years old to as young as 10. The board alleged that Neuhaus’s exams were not thorough enough based on the available records provided, and that her follow up care was inadequate, as she did not recommend counseling or hospitalization afterwards.

Ann Neuhaus is a former colleague of Dr. George Tiller, the abortion doctor who was targeted by terrorists working with the psychopaths in Operation Rescue for years until they finally killed him in 2009. Neuhaus was apparently working on getting her full license back in full so she could re-introduce the services that have been non-existent in that part of Kansas since Tiller’s assassination. However now Neuhaus has lost all ability to practice medicine. Sadly, this was the result of of both the byzantine procedural framework set up by Governor Brownback specifically to discourage Doctors from being able to provide legal abortions, and (of course) Operation Rescue.

How was Operation Rescue able to do this? Well it helps to be appointed directly onto the medical board responsible for overseeing this process. Richard Macias, a former Operation Rescue attorney, is now on the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, which is responsible for regulating abortions. How convenient. After that it was just a matter of dragging the process out to be as expensive and burdensome as possible, while simultaneously threatening Neuhaus with discovery requests that threatened the anonymity of her patients.

Like digby says, these people are sadists, pure and simple. The strategy of effectively nullifying a legal right as onerous and difficult as possible works, especially when you have pious fascists like Sam Brownback helping to facilitate the effort via the power of the government. Whether this sort of embarrassing campaign started out as a delusion concerning “morality” or whether it was always intended to be a tool to exert control over female bodies, there is no possible justification for forcing a ten year old to give birth and then claim that an abortion was not “medically necessary”. However I think that Neahaus said it best:

“To even claim that isn’t medically necessary qualifies as gross incompetence,” said Neuhaus.  “Someone’s 10 years old, and they were raped by their uncle and they understand that they’ve got a baby growing in their stomach and they don’t want that. You’re going to send this girl for a brain scan and some blood work and put her in a hospital?”

Still think that there is no war against women?

(Note: this was edited a few days after being published to correct some pretty terrible typos. My bad)


About stefanbc

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4 responses to “Kansas Doctor Loses License For Allowing A 10 Year Old Rape Victim To Have An Abortion

  • Cheryl Lemus

    Excellent blog! I love of the Right has come back with the phrase “War on Religion” to distract that there really is a war on women.

    BTW: I like to introduce you to our Blog: Nursing Clio. I think you will find we share some of the same interests and giving your educational background, I think you’ll like the subjects we cover. http://nursingclio.wordpress.com/

  • radiomankc

    Kansas officials are just utter criminals for unlawful and discriminatory practices over religious grounds. And Gov Brownback and his religious party minions in the legislature from the fundamentalist rural areas are at the very top of the list. It’s very difficult to stop talibanism in the Bible Belt. Why not call in the Marines…we do that in foreign countries?

    It’s time America is willing to look within to recognize conspiracy and terrorism and use federal laws normally aimed only at arabs against religious nuts HERE! I think a bunch of Right to Life fanatics belong in Gitmo.

    Why are we unable to protect ourselves from the Westboro Baptist types who manage to weasel their way into public service? Perhaps our respect for ‘religion’ has found its level of absurdity! What is this? Too many lawyers? Just when we thought we’d advanced beyond the Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism, come the nutcases running the insane asylum.

  • Rebecca Smith

    This is just so horribly sad. And awful! How dare these stupid politicians claim that they know best for a 10 year old who is a victim of incest? As if she isn’t already marred for life by the experience of incest, now she has to deliver the baby? Sick, sick, sick! The war on women is alive and strong, even if I think it is not well.

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