Just days after he gave up his license to do abortions at one of his Indiana-based abortion clinics, abortion practitioner Ulrich Klopfer faces a medical board hearing on 1,833 alleged abortion violations, including cases of rapes of teen girls he failed to properly report.
On Thursday,the Indiana Medical Licensing Board will consider Klopfer’s motion for summary judgment. Klopfer faces an administrative licensing complaint by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office. He does abortions in Gary, South Bend and Fort Wayne, Indiana but recently stopped doing them in Gary and previously stopped doing them in Fort Wayne.
According to information Indiana Right to Life presented LifeNews.com today, Klopfer’s 1,833 alleged violations stem from recording keeping and advice and consent law errors he made while doing abortions. According to the alleged violations in the Attorney General’s complaint, Klopfer submitted 1,818 termination of pregnancy reports with missing or incorrect information. He failed to submit two termination of pregnancy reports on time for 13-year-old girls — which likely put the girls at further risk because state officials were unable to follow up on the rapes in a timely manner.
Six times, he failed to ensure informed and voluntary consent was obtained through appropriate counselors. Finally, he failed to obtain informed and voluntary consent for seven patients at least 18-hours prior to the abortion procedure, the pro-life group noted.
“Dr. Klopfer has displayed poor practices for years, putting his patients at risk,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life.
He told LifeNews: “We anticipate that the Indiana Medical Licensing Board will allow justice to run its course by dismissing Dr. Klopfer’s request for summary judgment. These 1,833 alleged violations are serious issues, especially when one considers the young age of some of his patients involved. Hoosiers expect their state government to make sure laws are being followed. Therefore, we urge the Medical Licensing Board to allow this case to move forward so the violations can be fully considered and so Dr. Klopfer will have to answer for his alleged actions.”
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.
The actions came after police, last March, executed a search warrant on Ulrich G. Klopfer’s Women’s Pavilion abortion clinic in South Bend, Indiana, seizing documents and other property.
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 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 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.