Staff at the Fort Wayne Women’s Health Organization abortion facility are not interested in talking to the media about how the abortion practitioner there failed to file a timely report on the abortion he did on a 13-year-old girl who was victimized by statutory rape.
As LifeNews reported yesterday, Allen County Right to Life, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, filed complaints with the Indiana Attorney General’s office and the Indiana Medical Licensing Board over the Fort Wayne abortion doctor failing to properly report an abortion on a 13-year-old as required by state law. The age of the patient surfaced as ACRTL director Cathie Humbarger reviewed publicly-available terminated pregnancy reports from the state health department.
The report shows that a 13-year-old had an abortion performed by Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, of the Fort Wayne Women’s Health Organization abortion facility, on February 7. The Indiana Department of Health reported receiving the report on July 25, not within three days of the abortion procedure as specified by law.
A reporter from the Associated Press attempted to contact someone at the abortion clinic for comment for a story and was unsuccessful.
“A call to the clinic seeking comment was hung up on,” AP reported.
“Under state law, abortions on patients under age 14 must be reported within three days to the health department and the Indiana Department of Child Services. Sex with a girl under 14 is legally considered child molesting, no matter the male’s age,” AP continued.
Mark Crutcher of the pro-life group Life Dynamics is not surprised the abortion facility failed to follow state law to protect the raped young girl.
In an email to LifeNews, he points out that although we do not know the circumstances of this child’s pregnancy, mandatory reporting statutes which require healthcare workers to report reasonable suspicions of child sexual abuse to the authorities are being ignored inside American abortion, Planned Parenthood and family planning centers.Life Dynamics has documented this in an undercover investigation where we called over 800 Planned Parenthood and National Abortion Federation facilities across the nation.
Crutcher said: “The results of this survey were appalling. Even though many of these clinics openly acknowledged to our caller that this situation was illegal and they were required to report it to the state, the overwhelming majority readily agreed to conceal this illegal activity.”
Crutcher continues, “When we began to investigate we found it was even worse than we thought it was. Initially we thought perhaps the abortion clinics were only reporting half of the incidents, but instead we found that they were reporting hardly any of them.”
According to Indiana abortion law, a physician performing an abortion on a patient less than 14 years of age must file a state-issued form within three days of the abortion with the state department of health and the department of child services. Indiana law specifies that failure to report is punishable with a Class B misdemeanor.
Humbarger told LifeNews that her group filed complaints along with sidewalk counselor Evelyn Witte.
“It’s heartbreaking to learn that a 13-year-old became pregnant and now must live with the pain of an abortion for the rest of her life, but it’s doubly-heartbreaking that Dr. Klopfer’s failure to report the abortion may have allowed the girl’s molester to walk free,” she said.
“In Indiana, sex with a person under 14 is recognized as child molesting, regardless of the male’s age. No 13-year-old should have their childhood ripped out from under them like this young girl had. I call on the Attorney General to immediately investigate Dr. Klopfer’s failure to report this abortion. Sadly, this is not the first time I have filed a complaint over Klopfer’s failure to report an abortion on a 13-year-old within the time frame required by law yet he still practices today. His failure to report is appalling,” she continued.