Lunatic fringe at the helm

Kansas conservatives and Governor Sam Brownback legislate permission to practice medicine unethically

A new Kansas bill which is scheduled to be discussed by a legislative committee for a second time on Wednesday — contains a number of provisions which would give the state one of the most sweeping anti-abortion laws in the nation. Among the provisions is one which would exempt doctors from malpractice suits if they withhold information — in order to prevent an abortion — that could have prevented a health problem for the mother or child. In an apparent effort to provide a legal remedy in the event of maternal death, a wrongful death suit could still be filed.

The bill will also require physicians tell women that an abortion will increase their risk of breast cancer. This long-popular anti-choice “flat earth” fabrication that has been thoroughly refuted by the World Health Organization, the National Cancer Institute and gynecological groups in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Both parts of the bill will force physicians who care for women into a professional catch-22; either behave in a grossly negligent manner or face potential administrative consequences, held hostage to an increasingly powerful religious fringe element of non-physicians distorting medical standards of care to further their social agenda.

Radical ‘pro-life’ group Operation Rescue, the group on whose behalf the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts is investigating Dr. Neuhaus, is creating a huge list of abortion providers and their contact information at abortiondocs.com to ‘hold them accountable’. Are they inciting violence against doctors?

Cheryl Sullenger, the complainant in the current case against Dr. Neuhaus, is a long-time associate of Roeder, and her cell phone number was found in Roeder’s car following the murder. Sullenger, a convicted felon and “Senior Policy Advisor” for the domestic terrorist-rhetoric-spewing Operation Rescue Kansas, has filed at least 5 or 6 complaints against abortion providers in Kansas in the past several years. None of these complaints pertain to care for herself, a family member, or anyone she knows.

Sign our petition to the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts asking them to consider ALL the evidence. Mr. Gaschler chose to consider only evidence presented by Board’s legal department, which is determined by Gov. Brownback, a fanatically homophobic, anti-women-and-children convert to Catholicism.

It’s difficult to know exactly how many complaints Sullenger/Operation Rescue has actually filed, or to know how much money the Board has wasted pursuing most of them, as Board investigator Clifford Hacker, who has handled several of Sullenger’s complaints, was conveniently was “unable to recall” even talking with her on the phone during the recent hearing.  This is in contradiction to statements he made to Dr. Neuhaus and her previous attorney, Jack Focht, in which he confided that “she calls me at least once a week.”

Dr. Neuhaus can recall being subpoenaed to provide medical records for at least five Board inquiries since 2007, including one in which she was required to correlate medical records with an article in Harper’s magazine, again at the behest of Sullenger. Why an individual or organization with such a disreputable record as Operation Rescue is afforded the dignity of even a form letter response at taxpayer expense, is something at which only those who live in Kansas do not shake their heads in wonderment.

In prison interviews, Roeder credits Bill O’Reilly with the motivation to kill Dr. Tiller.

Steven Singular, a native Kansan whose 2011 book The Wichita Divide is the definitive work on the murder of Dr. George Tiller.

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