Abortionist Who Failed to Report Rapes of 13-Year-Old Girls Loses Bid to Dismiss Case Against Him

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 25, 2015   |   12:52PM   |   Indianapolis, IN

An Indiana abortionist who failed to properly report the rapes of two 13-year-old girls to authorities in a timely manner and who ran a dilapidated abortion clinic has loses his bid to dismiss the case the state medical board has against him. That is just one of almost 1,200 complaints against the abortion practitioner for violating state abortion laws.

Today, the Indiana Medical Licensing Board denied Dr. Ulrich Klopfer’s motion for summary judgment, propelling the case forward. Klopfer faces an administrative licensing complaint by Indiana Attorney General’s office of 1,833 alleged abortion violations.

Klopfer’s 1,833 alleged violations stem from recording keeping and advice and 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 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. 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.

Pro-life groups are pleased that the medical board denied Klopfer’s request to dismiss the case.

“We’re pleased justice will run its course and that the Indiana Medical Licensing Board didn’t simply let Dr. Klopfer off the hook,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Dr. Klopfer’s 1,833 alleged violations are serious matters that deserve serious scrutiny. Hoosiers expect those holding medical licenses to be held to a high standard and we’re thankful the Medical Licensing Board is doing that by moving this case forward.”

Earlier this month, Klopfer voluntarily surrendered his license to do abortions at one of the three abortion clinics he runs in Indiana. Klofper, who lives in Illinois, still has his Fort Wayne and South Bend abortion businesses licensed with the state, despite only doing abortions in South Bend.

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.

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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.