Indiana based abortion practitioner has lost his medical license for at least six months after being found guilty on multiple counts of breaking state abortion reporting and health and safety requirements. Ulrich Klopfer is also the abortion practitioner who failed to report the rape of two teenage girls to state officials.
Klopfer was before the Board because of 1,833 abortion violations listed in an administrative licensing complaint filed in Sept. 2014 by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and additional charges filed in an amended complaint in Jan. 2016. Testimony before the Board took more than 12 hours.
According to Indiana Right to Life, which has been following the case closely, Klopfer’s alleged violations stem from record keeping and informed consent law errors he made while doing abortions in Gary, South Bend and Fort Wayne. According to the alleged violations in the Attorney General’s 2014 complaint, Klopfer submitted 1,818 termination of pregnancy reports with missing or incorrect information.
He failed to submit two termination of pregnancy reports within three days as required by law for abortions performed on 13-year-old girls who were obvious victims of statutory rape.
Six times, he failed to ensure informed and voluntary consent was provided by properly credentialed staff. Qualified staff was not available to monitor patients who had received sedation. Finally, he failed to obtain informed and voluntary consent for seven patients at least 18-hours prior to the abortion procedure.
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“The Indiana Medical Licensing Board’s decision to suspend Klopfer’s medical license effectively puts an end to his decades of shameful practices in Indiana,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life.
Fichter told LifeNews.com: “Klopfer has displayed grave disregard for women’s health, as evidenced by his failure to comply with basic health standards and simple reporting requirements. Among his violations are the appalling failures to report abortions on time for 13-year-old girls. During the testimony, Klopfer had to audacity to admit that once he did an abortion on a 10-year-old girl, 21-weeks pregnant by her uncle, and her sent her back home with her parents rather than notify authorities to the abuse.”
“We are thankful justice has finally been served and we are grateful that Attorney General Zoeller saw this process through. Klopfer will no longer compromise the health of Hoosier women,” Fichter continued.
Klopfer ran abortion facilities in Fort Wayne, Gary and South Bend, Ind. Klopfer has performed no abortions in Fort Wayne since he lost his legally-required back-up doctor with admitting privileges on Dec. 31, 2013. Klopfer surrendered his Gary abortion facility license in June of 2015 and his South Bend abortion facility license was revoked in June of 2015.
Klopfer’s troubles began when volunteers with Indiana Right to Life filed 1,200 complaints against him for not reporting child sex abuse and other information required by the State based on Termination of Pregnancy reports obtained by the pro-life group through a public records act request.
The complaints prompted St. Joseph County Prosecutor Mike Dvorak to ask the Police Special Victim’s Unit to conduct a criminal investigation into the abortionist’s activities. This raid on Klopfer’s South Bend abortion clinic was part of that investigation.
Violations at that time included: Failure to comply with the 18 hour waiting period between the signing of consent forms and the abortion; Remains from an aborted baby stored in the same refrigerator as medications; and oxygen tanks and other emergency equipment lacking proper maintenance or just not working, among other violations.
In January 2014, Klopfer was criminally charged by Lake County, Indiana, prosecutors with failing to file a timely report, a Class B Misdemeanor that carries a penalty of up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
The charge is related to an incident of statutory rape on a 13-year-old girl. Klopfer, who did an abortion on the girl at his Gary, Indiana, abortion clinic in September, 2012, filed the report nearly four months later than state statute requires, leaving the girl at risk of further sexual abuse.
Klopfer was forced to temporarily close his Fort Wayne abortion clinic due to his inability to obtain a required hospital transfer agreement or an emergency care pact with another physician.
Previously, Klopfer was found to have stored the remains of an aborted baby in the same refrigerator as medicine. After they found the remains, Indiana state health officials filed a formal complaint seeking to revoke the operating license of the Women’s Pavilion abortion clinic in South Bend. Papers from the state indicated the abortion clinic is charged with violating Indiana Code 16-21 and multiple health and safety rules.