Kansas court won’t hear abortion referrals case

FILE - In this Friday, June 22, 2012 photo, Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus, center, sits between two of her attorneys, Kelly Kauffman, left, and Bob Eye, right, as the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts in Topeka, Kan., decides to revoke her medical license. The board plans to appeal a state-court judge's ruling overturning the board's action,which dealt with Neuhaus' referrals of young patients for late-term abortions. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – The Kansas Court of Appeals is forcing the state’s medical board to reconsider its decision to revoke the license of a doctor over referrals of young patients to the late Dr. George Tiller for late-term abortions.

Executive Director Kathleen Selzler Lippert said Tuesday that the Board of Healing Arts will review the case of Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus of Nortonville this summer or fall.

The board in 2012 revoked Neuhaus’ charity care license, saying her mental health exams for 11 young patients in 2003 did not meet accepted standards before she referred them to Tiller in Wichita.

In March, a Shawnee County judge overturned the finding and ordered the board to reconsider. The board asked the Court of Appeals to step in, but it refused last week.

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