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Healing arts board needs stability

George Tiller's Wichita abortion practice ended with his murder. Pro-choice Gov. Kathleen Sebelius went to Washington, D.C., leaving a pro-choice successor with no plans to run for the job. Kansas' likely next governor is Sam Brownback, perhaps the most anti-abortion member of the U.S. Senate. So it was curious to see the reaction of Mary Kay Culp, executive director of Kansans for Life, to last week's resignation of Jack Confer as executive director of the Kansas Board of Healing Arts: "Jack Confer was our last hope against the complete and total corruption of this state by abortion forces," Culp told the Topeka Capital-Journal, "and with his resignation, no matter what the reason, that hope is dashed." Whatever drove Confer's decision, the board seemingly has yet to find its footing after its 2008 overhaul by the Legislature. Kansans need a health care regulatory authority that is professional, apolitical and stable.