Judge Ed Gaschler, a state administrative judge, ordered the revocation of Dr. Ann Kristen Neuhaus' medical license after ruling that the Kansas doctor did not perform adequate mental health examinations on 11 patients (ages 10 to 18) before referring them to the late Dr. George Tiller for late-term abortions in 2003. The order will now go to the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts for review. If the Board approves the order, Dr. Neuhaus will still have the right to file an appeal.
Dr. Neuhaus maintains that she complied with accepted standards of care, conducting face-to-face interviews with each patient before making a referral. The witness against Dr. Neuhaus, a psychiatrist from Virginia, said that Dr. Neuhaus should have referred the younger patients to an adolescent psychiatrist before determining that an abortion was appropriate. Dr. Neuhaus' attorney said that she "was not a rubber stamp for abortion on demand" but treated each patient as an individual.
The complaint was filed by an Operation Rescue staffer in 2006 with the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts. Operation Rescue staff have filed medical board complaints against a number of abortion doctors across the country, including the late Dr. George Tiller and Dr. Lee Carhart.
Media Resources: Associated Press 2/22/12; Feminist Daily Newswire 9/13/11
10/31/2014 Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University, a Catholic university in Florida, does not have to comply with federal rules meant to ensure that covered employees can exercise their right to obtain birth control at no cost.
The Affordable Care Act requires all new health insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives - such as the pill, emergency contraceptives, and IUDs - without charging co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance. . . .
10/31/2014 Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1 - Just days before the general election in Tennessee, a coalition of community leaders, clergy, and advocates led a press conference encouraging women of color to vote no on Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching measure on the state's ballot.
SisterReach, a grassroots organization focused on "empowering, organizing, and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and sexual health to make informed decisions about themselves," organized the press conference "to call attention to the unique concerns Black and poor communities throughout Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee face on a daily basis" and to emphasize how the upcoming election "could further limit [black women's] reproductive, economic, political, and social autonomy."
"We assemble today to impress upon black women and women of color, many of whom are heads of households, to get out and vote," said SisterReacher Founder and CEO Cherisse Scott at the event.
SisterReach has been educating voters about the particularly dangerous impact of Amendment 1 on women of color. . . .
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .