Gary abortionist Scheduled for March 15 Pre-trial Meeting

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Gary, Ind. – According to information obtained from the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana, a pre-trial conference will be held at 3:30 p.m. on March 15, 2016 regarding the medical license of South Bend abortionist Ulrich G. Klopfer. This meeting of all pertinent parties will not be open to the public.Klopfer’s case has been removed from the March 24 Medical Licensing Board meeting agenda, pending the outcome of the March 15 meeting. The Indiana Attorney General’s office has conducted an ongoing investigation and has filed administrative complaints with the licensing board against Dr. Klopfer’s medical license.

Some of the complaints filed against Klopfer include:

  • Non-compliance of the informed consent law, which requires the abortionist to provide certain information to the patient at least 18 hours prior to the procedure
  • Failure to report the abortions performed on at least two 13-year-old girls, one in Gary and one in South Bend, to the state health department within the required three-day time frame to ensure safety of the patient
  • Violations of code regarding administration of anesthesia
  • More than 2,400 incomplete, inaccurate and late terminated pregnancy reports.

Additionally, further complaints have recently been filed by Lake County Right to Life, including over medicating a thirteen-year-old child and failure to provide adequate recovery time and to ensure safe transition from the building to the patient’s car. St. Joseph County Right to Life has also filed recent complaints, including more than 50 new complaints from 2015 terminated pregnancy reports, including possible cases where abortions may have been performed after the first trimester legal limits.

Abortionist Klopfer performed abortions for decades at the Friendship Family Planning at 37th and Broadway in Gary. His facility there was found by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and the Gary Fire Department to be filthy, smelly, and to have storage boxes and outdated equipment stacked floor to ceiling in more than one room. Inspections by the ISDH also revealed that his clinic was not staffed with properly licensed workers and that infection control procedures were not being properly followed. Due to these conditions and the fact that he had neither the required hospital admitting privileges nor a back-up physician, Klopfer relinquished his facility license in Gary as of July 1, 2014.

Klopfer was an itinerant abortionist, having three clinics in Indiana – Gary, South Bend, and Ft. Wayne. He is no longer allowed to do abortions in any of these locations. Additionally he was also criminally charged with failure to report, as required by Indiana law, the abortion he performed on thirteen-year-old girls in Gary and in South Bend.

Lake County Right to Life will continue to follow the details as they unfold.

Lake County Right to Life seeks to support and protect all life regardless of age, health, or degree of dependency.

Legal Woes Force Klopfer to Quit Doing Abortions at His Last Operating Abortion Business

Klopfer Dropped His Appeal of the State's Decision to Not Renew His Operating License in South BendIndianapolis - Longtime Indiana itinerant abortion doctor, Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, will no longer be able to do abortions at his only remaining abortion facility, Women's Pavilion in South Bend, Ind. The facility must cease doing abortions at close of business on Friday, Nov. 6. Klopfer dropped his appeal of the Indiana State Department of Health's (ISDH) June decision to not renew his South Bend facility operating license. That decision came on the heels of two complaints by the ISDH to revoke his South Bend facility operating license. Klopfer was scheduled to appear before an administrative law judge starting today, in a hearing that could have taken up to three days.The ISDH filed the first complaint to revoke Klopfer's South Bend operating license in January. According to the complaint, the facility was charged with violating Indiana Code 16-21 and multiple health and safety rules. In June, the ISDH filed a second complaint to revoke Klopfer's South Bend operating license, following a license complaint investigation of the facility by the ISDH. The June investigation revealed multiple additional deficiencies, including Klopfer's failure to abide by Indiana's 18-hour notification law that requires a woman to give her voluntary and informed consent and view the fetal ultrasound and hear the fetal heartbeat, at least 18 hours before an abortion. Indiana law allowed Klopfer to continue doing abortions while he appealed the ISDH's decision to not renew his operating license.

Klopfer, an Illinois resident, operated abortion facilities for decades in Gary, Fort Wayne and South Bend. Klopfer lost his Fort Wayne back-up physician with admitting privileges, required by an Allen County ordinance and state code, in December 2013, rendering him unable to do abortions in Fort Wayne in 2014 and 2015. In June, Klopfer surrendered his operating license for his Gary facility. The surrender followed the release of an alarming report by the ISDH showing deplorable conditions and safety hazards at his Gary facility. Despite being barred from doing abortions in Fort Wayne, Klopfer continued to see patients there and referred them to South Bend for their abortion procedures.

Even though Klopfer does not have a licensed abortion facility in the state, he still has an active Indiana medical license. However, that could change on Dec. 3 when Klopfer appears before the Indiana Medical Licensing Board. Klopfer faces an administrative licensing complaint by the Indiana Attorney General's office of 1,833 alleged abortion-related violations. The Medical Licensing Board could strip Klopfer of his medical license or take other disciplinary action against him.

"Years of shoddy abortion practices have finally caught up with Dr. Klopfer," said Cathie Humbarger, Indiana Right to Life's Vice President of Policy Enforcement. "Klopfer compromised the health and safety of women who sought abortions from him in Gary, Fort Wayne and South Bend, and we're relieved he is finally being shut down. Hoosier women deserve better. We extend our appreciation to the Pence administration and the ISDH for refusing to sweep Klopfer's shady practices under the rug. It's a good day for the health and safety of Hoosier women."

Jeanette Burdell, Executive Director of St. Joseph County Right to Life, stated, "No other medical facility would be able to get away with the things Women's Pavilion has been doing for years. Women's lives are at risk when anesthesia is administered improperly, medication is expired, staff is under-trained and infection control is lacking, to name but a few of the facility's problems. And when abortions on 13-year-old girls aren't reported in a timely manner as required by law, children are in danger of sexual abuse."

"We have been working for many years to call attention to the Women's Pavilion's disregard for the health and safety of women in St. Joseph County, and to ensure that Dr. Klopfer and his facility are held accountable for the substandard conditions and health code violations at the clinic," said Tom Gill, President of St. Joseph County Right to Life. "We commend all of those individuals, organizations and institutions that have worked side-by-side to bring about this positive, life-affirming and health-endorsing outcome for our community."

Indiana Right to Life's mission is to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy and promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion.

St. Joseph County Right to Life, Inc. is dedicated to the social welfare by promoting life through education and advocacy. It is the oldest, continuously active pro-life organization in St. Joseph County, and is the central organization representing pro-life interests. Its goal is to protect all innocent human life-the unborn, the infirm or handicapped, and the aged.

Licensing Board Calls for Attorney General Investigation of Abortion Doctor

Dr. Ulrich Klopfer license remains active pending investigation

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - The Indiana Medical Licensing Board today called on the Indiana Attorney General's office to investigate allegations that Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, operator of three Indiana abortion clinics, failed to report a statutory rape as required by Indiana law, while ruling at the same time that Klopfer's license will remain active during the investigation.

Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter issued this statement following the hearing:

"While we believe the seriousness of this allegation should have resulted in a suspension of Dr. Klopfer's license pending the investigation, we applaud the Indiana Medical Licensing Board for refusing to overlook the matter and for referring the issue to the Indiana Attorney General's office for a thorough investigation.  We urge Attorney General Greg Zoeller to make this a priority issue and are fully confident that the investigation will be done in a professional and timely manner."

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.

Indiana Right to Life's mission is to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy and promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion.

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