Indiana Denies License Renewal for Abortionist Who Failed to Report Rape of Teens

State   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Jul 23, 2015   |   7:10PM   |   Indianapolis, IN

In Indiana, the State Department of Health (ISDH) denied Dr. Ulrich Klopfer’s request to have his abortion license renewed. As LifeNews previously reported, the abortionist failed to report the rapes of two 13-year-old girls and had 1,833 violations stem from consent law errors, record keeping discrepancies and incorrect information on abortions he performed.

In a press release, TLC Advocates attorney Shawn Sullivan highlighted Dr. Klopfer’s disregard for Indiana’s informed consent law. He said, “To knowingly or intentionally perform an abortion in violation of lnd. Code § 16-34-2-1.1 is a Class A infraction. See Ind. Code§ 16-34-2-7.”  The inspection survey, attached to the ISDH’s Complaint stated that in the 10 patient files reviewed by the ISDH, it was found that the informed consent law was violated in each case.  Dr. Klopfer had no choice but to admit that medical abortions were conducted without informed consent.”

He added, “What’s more, when Dr. Klopfer was asked for his patient register and his records related to appointments and services rendered, Dr. Klopfer confirmed areither the first visit where lab work and consultation/counseling is done, or for their surgical procedures, or any other follow up appointments.”

However, now it’s come to light that Dr. Klopfer is still performing abortions at his facility even though his license has expired. Sullivan said, “Dr. Klopfer is operating at the leisure of the ISDH while these administrative matters are pending.” This is why TLC Advocates is asking that the ISDH close his facility until the proceedings are complete.

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.

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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.