More Evidence Raped Children in Kansas Were Ignored
In an effort to save her medical license, last week, Dr. Kristin Neuhaus granted the Lawrence Journal World in exclusive interview. The resulting article primarily focuses on Neuhaus’ concerns about her safety. Neuhaus’ statements in the article, however, again highlight how Dr. Tiller and Neuhaus refused to report child sexual abuse.
In the interview, Neuhaus speaks of “counseling” several “young girls” who “had been raped” relating to their late-term abortion. Neuhaus would then sign a form letter stating that the child had been harmed by the rape in order to justify the late-term abortion.
Kansas law prohibited late-term abortion unless two doctors find that the mother would “suffer substantial and irreversible impairment” of a major bodily function unless the abortion was performed. Neuhaus’ letter would claim to make that finding.
At the same time, however, Kansas law required the abortion doctors to report child abuse if they had “reason to suspect” harm caused by the child abuse.
Yet, it has recently been revealed that during a time when Kansas abortion doctors, primarily at Tiller’s clinic and Planned Parenthood’s clinic in Overland Park, performed hundreds of abortions on children 14 and younger, Tiller’s clinic only reported one case of child sexual abuse and Planned Parenthood only reported one case. Several stories reporting these facts are linked at the end of this story.
Covering Up Child Abuse
Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline was investigating the clinics’ failure to report sexual abuse but his efforts were fought by the Sebelius Administration and this evidence was prevented from being used in court due to various orders by the Kansas Supreme Court.
In Kansas, the Court is appointed by the Governor for life without need for confirmation. Sebelius and her former Lt. Governor, Mark Parkinson, have appointed 5 of the 7 justices. The Court’s writings on abortion are led by Justice Carol Beier, a Sebelius appointee and a former lawyer with the National Women’s Law Center, a supporter of “reproductive rights.” Beier has shown open hostility towards Kline and his investigation.
That Court sealed the child victim’s names from investigators and delayed the investigation for more than two years. By the time, Kline received documents from the abortion clinics; he was at the end of his term having been defeated for re-election by Sebelius recruited Paul Morrison. Morrison refused to follow up on Kline’s evidence and actually joined Planned Parenthood in suing Kline and he also sued a District Court Judge in an effort to return all evidence of criminal activity back to Tiller and Planned Parenthood.
The recently released court records, investigative records and testimony show that child rape victims were often taken to Tiller’s Wichita clinic, received an abortion and left that clinic, likely back into the hands of their abuser, without any notification to law enforcement as required by Kansas law.
Destroying Evidence in a Criminal Investigation
Recent evidence also shows that Tiller’s clinic would justify a late-term abortion for any reason, often contrary to Kansas’ strict late-term abortion prohibitions. Yet, despite the presence of this evidence – legal prosecution against Tiller regarding these violations was halted and prevented, many claim, due to judicial corruption and the efforts of then Governor Kathleen Sebelius.
Recent revelations also show that the Sebelius Administration destroyed original documents that were relevant to the criminal investigation. Kline had sought those documents and the Sebelius Administration resisted. Finally, after several months and three court orders the Sebelius Administration was ordered in 2004 to produce copies of the documents sought by Kline. After production, the Administration began destroying the originals and hid their efforts for several years.
The copies of these documents originally provided to Kline could be used in court in the criminal case currently pending against Planned Parenthood. Kline, however, left the documents in the hands of a Judge who turned the documents over to new Attorney General Morrison. It appears that those documents, under Morrison’s care, were either lost or destroyed as well.
Prosecutors may still rely on other methods of verifying the copies of the copies that Kline took with him to Johnson County in 2007. At that time, Kline became Johnson County District Attorney.
In this position, in October of 2007, Kline took his evidence to Johnson County District Judge James Vano who found probable cause to believe that Planned Parenthood committed 107 criminal acts. Those charges are still pending and are partially based on the documents the Sebelius Administration destroyed. The criminal case is set for a preliminary hearing on November 11th.
A Form Letter Diagnosis
For years Dr. Kristen Neuhaus served as Dr. George Tiller’s Lieutenant. Neuhaus, who is now defending her medical license from revocation, would travel to Dr. Tiller’s clinic twice a month on average, and sign a form letter printed off by Dr. Tiller’s Wichita clinic. That letter, Neuhaus and Tiller claimed, provided justification under Kansas law for a late-term abortion on a viable unborn child.
Kansas, at the time, had one of the most restrictive laws in the nation prohibiting late-term abortion unless two doctors found the mother would “suffer substantial and irreversible impairment to a major bodily function” unless the abortion was performed. Former Kansas Attorney General Carla Stovall, an abortion rights supporter, issued an opinion in 2000 stating that the Kansas law allowed a mental health exception for late-term abortion but that the mental health concern must be “substantial and irreversible.”
Kline’s evidence reveals that Tiller performed late-term abortions claiming mental health concerns because, for example, the mother did not want to hire a babysitter so she could attend rock concerns. Another identified concern was that a mother did not want to miss her rodeo season.
Tiller, a pathologist by training, would diagnose either “single episodic” depression, anxiety disorder or adjustment disorder. As Attorney General, Kline retained nationally renowned psychiatrist Dr. Paul McHugh to review Tiller’s filed to determine if the diagnosis was justified. McHugh found all of Dr. Tiller’s abortions were not justified under Kansas law and that the diagnosis itself was not justified by the patient’s condition. You can view Dr. McHugh speaking about his opinion here.
Kline’s charges, however, were dismissed the following day at the request of Tiller supporter, Sedgwick County prosecutor Nola Foulston. Foulston claimed that only she could file charges against Tiller since Tiller clinic was in Sedgwick County. Foulston took this action without notifying Kline. Kline appealed this dismissal but Morrison, when he took office dismissed the appeal.
As a result, Kline’s charges were never pursued in open court. You can read how pro-choice prosecutors worked to prevent Tiller from being convicted by clicking here.
Kline has been under investigation by the Kansas Supreme Court ethics administrator for more than 5 years. The investigation came about based on a complaint filed by the Supreme Court and Planned Parenthood.
The investigation has resulted in more than 30,000 pages of documents. Buried amidst these documents was a report from independent investigators hired by the Supreme Court ethics prosecutor in 2006.
After two years, these investigators issued a report stating that Kline did not do anything unethical. The report was issued just weeks before Kline stood for re-election and at a time the ethics administrator had already made public the fact that Kline was being investigated. The ethics prosecutor buried the report and it only came to light years later.
Additionally, independent judges have reviewed Kline’s actions and found that he did not violate ethics. Regardless, the Supreme Court appointed ethics prosecutor continued his investigation.
Eventually the complaint was heard by a three lawyer panel which was also appointed by the Supreme Court – the Court that filed the complaint.
Ironically, this panel just week ago recommended that Kline’s law license be indefinitely suspended because Kline investigators refused to tell the Sebelius Administration about the purpose of the investigation. The panel claimed that this refusal was a “deception” and unethical.
In 2003, the Sebelius Administration, which had documents relevant to the criminal investigation refused to work with investigators unless they were given “specific” and thorough detailing of Kline’s evidence.
Kline investigators reasoned that doing so could jeopardize the investigation due to Sebelius’s close ties to Planned Parenthood which stood to lose more than $350 million a year in federal funding if they failed to report child sexual abuse. Investigators were concerned that the Administration would tip off the investigation target and that records might be destroyed.
Later, after fighting Kline for years, the administration was forced to turn over copies of documents. By then the Administration had learned about the nature of Kline’s investigation and where it was leading due to the court battles over the records. And now it appears that the concerns of Kline’s investigators were well founded as the Sebelius Administration after learning about the investigation started shredding original documents.
Kline’s appeal of the panel’s finding to suspend his license can only be appealed to the Sebelius appointed court that filed the complaint. In all, Kline has been sued three times by Planned Parenthood, twice by Dr. Tiller, been ordered into secret trials, been forced to be on the witness stand more than 50 hours and under oath more than two dozen times while suffering through a 6 year ethics investigation. Most believe this is the case because Kline became the first prosecutor ever to investigate Planned Parenthood and to charge the billion dollar corporation with criminal activity. You can assist Phill Kline’s fight by clicking here.
Kansas Media Blackout
Meanwhile, most Kansans remain in the dark about these developments due to a virtual Kansas print media blackout. The state’s print media is dominated by the co-owned Kansas City Star and Wichita Eagle, both papers aggressively supportive of abortion rights.
The Star, in one of dozens of editorial cartoons demeaning Kline, actually portrayed Kline as a child molester on a park bench with his hand up a little girls’ skirt. The caption said Kline was invading child privacy. The Star claimed his investigation into child rape and failure to report child rape was invading the privacy of children.
For their coverage of the investigation the Star was awarded Planned Parenthood’s “Maggie Award” for journalistic excellence in the support of “reproductive freedom.” You can read Jack Cashill’s column on how the Star continues to misinform Kansas by clicking here.
To date, the Star and Eagle have not published a story about the evidence demonstrating that Dr. Tiller or Planned Parenthood were reporting child sexual abuse.
Additional Articles regarding the non-reporting of child sexual abuse in Kansas and the ethics case against Kline:
Live Action is a prolife organization led by Lila Rose which is dedicated to uncovering Planned Parenthood corruption. The group has published several undercover videos revealing Planned Parenthood ignoring child rape. You ca read their story here.
Nationally syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin wrote this column.
Nationally recognized and award winning blogger Jill Stanek, who also attended Kline’s ethics hearing wrote this story.
Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor for National Review Online (NRO) wrote this article.
Read how the evidence against Dr. Tiller was buried by Sebelius’ recruited Attorney General Paul Morrison and later by Sebelius appointed Stephen Six by clicking here.
Help Phill Kline in his continued efforts to hold the abortion industry accountable to the law by clicking here and making your tax deductible donation.