Ann Kristin Neuhaus faces her past every day.

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Ann Kristin Neuhaus faces her past every day.

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Neuhaus sits with her pro bono attorneys, Kelly Kauffman and Robert Eye, in the sterile hearing room. Edward Gaschler, the hearing's presiding officer, takes notes for the board members, who don't attend.

Testimony resumes with Dr. Allen Greiner, a professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, who has already testified in September that Neuhaus' mental-health exams went "above and beyond the standard of care."

His testimony answers the state's primary expert, Liza Gold, a clinical psychiatry professor at Georgetown University Medical Center. Gold testified that Neuhaus' reports didn't meet the standard of care and lacked detail.

"I don't think she was qualified to testify," Eye later tells The Pitch. "She doesn't have the requisite experience with doing evaluations of the mental health of a person who wanted to end an unwanted pregnancy to give her the basis to render an expert opinion. That doesn't even take into account what I believe was her inherent bias against abortions."

At one point during her testimony, Gold said she couldn't conceive of a situation to which abortion would be a solution.

"What does that tell you?" Neuhaus says. "It's pretty blatant. That's a pretty radical statement."

Eye agrees. "Her view was that if an unwanted pregnancy caused a mental-health problem, the patient should be either medicated or hospitalized, or go through some sort of psychotherapy," he says of Gold's statements. "What we really confronted was a witness who did not accept that these patients had a choice guaranteed under the law to proceed with the termination of pregnancy, and the medical aspect of it had to be weighed against the choice that these patients had to terminate a pregnancy."

The Board of Healing Arts' attorney, Reese Hays, has built a case that resembles a malpractice suit. He has argued that Neuhaus' patient charts lack detail, but he also has focused on whether the abortions should have been performed at all.

Hays proceeds to question Greiner as though Neuhaus were the primary physician for the 11 girls and women. She wasn't. Tiller was.

"The care and treatment of the patient was the responsibility of the primary treater, and that was Dr. Tiller," Eye explains. "Dr. Neuhaus' function was to do these very narrow-based evaluations. And once that was done, then she was obligated to report those findings to Dr. Tiller for the purpose of either going through with the abortion or not."

Neuhaus doesn't dispute that her records lack detail. She says she purposely left out information, fearing anti-abortion groups and political forces would acquire the information and make it public, violating her patients' privacy rights.

"My duty is to maintain patient privacy," Neuhaus tells The Pitch. "I spent four years of undergrad, four years of med school, a year of residency and 15 years of practice to be able to manage patients like that. There's no way Bill O'Reilly or my neighbor down the road or the minister of the Lutheran church is going to be able to make those decisions."

"I think she probably had the perfect personality to be the person talking to these girls about these issues," Greiner tells The Pitch. "You don't necessarily want someone who comes off as overly professional and aloof and academic. You want someone who can talk to the person as a real human being so that you can get the kind of information that you need to decide if there's really substantial or irreversible harm."

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