Abortionist Ulrich Georg Klopfer, who has been criminally charged with failing to file a timely report about a statutory rape, a Class B Misdemeanor that carries a penalty of up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine, faces a hearing tomorrow.
The charge is related to an incident of statutory rape on a 13-year-old girl. Klopfer, who gave the girl an abortion 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 called the failures an “honest mistake.”
Klopfer stopped doing abortions while the investigation continues.
Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, the operator of three northern Indiana abortion clinics in Gary, South Bend, and Fort Wayne, is scheduled to appear before the Indiana Medical Licensing Board tomorrow in a hearing that could result in disciplinary action. According to a communication from the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency to Klopfer, his appearance at the hearing is requested as a result of “articles indicating you failed to report a statutory rape.” Klopfer is currently facing criminal charges in Lake County for the same incident and is reported to be under investigation by the Special Victims Unit of the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s office.
Klopfer is the subject of thousands of consumer complaints filed in late 2013 with the Indiana Attorney General’s Consumer Complaint Division over errors and omissions found on required Terminated Pregnancy Reports filed with the Indiana State Department of Health. In December, Klopfer ceased abortions at his Fort Wayne abortion clinic after a physician who had been providing local back-up as required in Allen County terminated that relationship.
The non-reporting of the young girl’s abortion was discovered by Lake County Right to Life after reviewing Terminated Pregnancy Reports obtained through an open records act request. Abortionists in Indiana are required the reports within 10 days of abortion procedures.
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“We hope this is the first criminal charge of many that Klopfer will ultimately face,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, which reported earlier this week that Klopfer has been placed under investigation by the Special Victim’s Unit of St. Joseph County. “We commend of Indiana Right to Life and its affiliates for their stellar work in uncovering these abortion abuses and getting the information into the hands of prosecutors and oversight agencies so Klopfer can be brought to justice.”
Meanwhile, women have now filed more than 1,200 complaints against him. The complaints are the result of 1,494 errors and omissions made by Klopfer between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2013 on terminated pregnancy reports that doctors are required by Indiana law to file for every abortion they perform. These complaints more than double the number of complaints currently pending against Klopfer.