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Witch Hunting in Kansas: Anti-Abortion Pols Pile on to Attack Doctor Who Aided Tiller in Keeping Abortion Available

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By Michael Caddell

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" [Dr. Ann Kristin] Neuhaus wishes that she'd skipped the hearing.

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"[Assistant Kansas Attorney General] Maxwell lied to me," she says. "That's how he got the records. And that's how the charges were filed. And that's how the trial happened. And that's how Dr. Tiller got killed. That whole sequence of events was predicated on criminal behavior on the part of the [AG's] office. Perjury is criminal. A lawyer is not allowed to lie at any time. He said to me, 'I'm not going to take your records.' When I walk in the door, he says, 'I'm taking your records.' And what choice do I have? I can take my box and try to run. Or I can go to jail. And if I go to jail, they still have my records. They literally cornered me and they avoided due process, and nobody's done a f*cking thing about it." 

-- Justin Kendall
The state of Kansas is still chasing one of the last links to Dr. Tiller
The Pitch, 29 Nov. 2011

Thursday, 15 Nov. 2012, former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline will be appearing before the Kansas Supreme Court in Topeka, to make arguments for keeping his state law license. Pro-choice organizations have largely remained silent as the large "pro-life" forces howl against the judges. Five judges of the highest court in Kansas have recused themselves from hearing the proceeding.

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Friday, 16 Nov., 2012, attorneys for Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus will appear at the Shawnee County District Court before Hon. Franklin Theis to argue that due process for the doctor be given and an onerous $93,000 cash bond be waived. The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts having stripped her of the state license to practice medicine, now demands payment of the fee, in full, before the judge hears her defense attorneys. Four of the nine practicing physicians on the board recused themselves from taking her medical license, this fact that has not been reported in the Kansas news.

More than twenty years ago I obtained a secret recording from an anonymous source of a meeting at a Johnson County restaurant, where known members of the "pro-life" movement debated the Army of God instructions to kidnap abortion providers and cut off their thumbs.

Several voices of those attending the meeting had signed public petitions demanding the "justifiable homicide" of physicians and nurses involved in pregnancy terminations, at any stage of gestation. When I shared the tape recording with law enforcement officers, none would take it for investigation because those discussing kidnapping and mutilating abortion doctors did not name any particular "target."

I offer these observations in the hope that people know that state and church sponsored terror exists in Kansas and is flourishing with Gov. Sam Brownback and his extreme conservative majority in the state legislature.

Knowing former AG Phill Kline trolls these pages, I would like to extend my warmest regards toward his own special place in the dark ages of reaction in Kansas history. He and his many supporters in this state have solidified its reputation as a backwater reservoir of Know Nothing, Bible-beating, superstitious slobs across the country.

Former AG Phill Kline knew all along that fetal tissue samples were stored at all the clinics in Kansas, and that any law enforcement officer with the proper papers could have obtained those samples to establish DNA proof positive of the fatherhood of the rape or incest victims. This was seldom, if ever, reported in any Kansas newsmedia.

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Every female who sought an abortion in Kansas that Kline investigated had previously contacted the appropriate jurisdictional authorities, or the victim's allegations of rape and incest were already being actively investigated. All the grand juries, show trials against abortion doctors, patient record seizures and surveillance conducted at Kansas taxpayer expense by the state never uncovered or brought to light a single victim of rape or incest that was not reported. This was seldom, if ever, reported in any Kansas news media.

Former Kansas AG Phill Kline's apparent motivations clearly have more to do with shaming and demonizing the persons he has investigated, including the caregivers, and publicly identifying the patients treated and cured in abortion clinics across Kansas, all in order to further, at their expense, his national reputation in the "pro-life" movement.

After months of grand jury proceedings at the state and county level, and after a series of raids at Kansas clinics, conducted with the collaboration of certain "pro-life" members of the Kansas
judiciary, then AG Kline in the style of another extreme conservative before him, Sen. Joe McCarthy, narrowed his "investigation" into a formal "Inquisition" on a "targeted" number of patients who had been treated and cured by those in practice at Dr. George Tiller's Wichita,
Ks. clinic.

Everyone in the clinics, who had already endured decades of extra-legal harassments and threats from protesters and terrorist sympathizers in Kansas, has lived in the ultimate fear of state government-sponsored regulatory prosecutions.

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