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For now at least there are no abortionists in Ft. Wayne, Indiana

by | Dec 27, 2013


By Dave Andrusko

Abortionist Ulrich Klopfer

Abortionist Ulrich Klopfer

Remember Ulrich Klopfer? He’s the Illinois-based abortionist who keeps getting into trouble in Indiana for such “honest mistakes” as failing to report abortions performed on girls 13 and under in a timely fashion.

Klopfer is taking a “hiatus” from performing abortions in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Why? Because earlier this month he “lost his ‘backup’ physician as required by local law,“ according to Kevin Leininger of The News-Sentinel.

Indiana law requires that abortionists have admitting privileges in a local hospital or have “an agreement with a physician who has admitting privileges at a hospital in the county or contiguous county in case of post-operative complications.”

In this case Klopfer’s backup was a pro-life doctor, Dr. Geoffrey Cly, who agreed in 2010 in order to protect women receiving abortions from Klopfer. However Cly recently resigned, effective January 1. He cited Klopfer’s failure to file timely reports about abortions on girls 13 and under. (The abortionist has three days under Indiana law to report to both the Indiana State Department of Health and the Department of Child Services within three days. Breaking the law is a Class B misdemeanor.)

Leininger quoted from Cly’s December 12 letter:

“Furthermore, you told an online news publication, RH Reality Check, that you now advise girls under 14 and their parents or guardians that they can go to Illinois or Ohio to avoid (Indiana’s) under-14 reporting requirement for child sexual abuse. …Your failure to report 13-year-olds’ abortions properly and your subsequent admission to advising parents to avoid state laws is alarming. According to Indiana law, sex with a girl under 14 – regardless of the perpetrator’s age – is child abuse. Your advice to cross state lines for abortions may help child abuse to continue and a perpetrator or abuser to walk free.”

Cathie Humbarger, executive director of Allen County Right to Life, told the News-Sentinel that calls placed by Right to Life supporters “indicate Klopfer’s clinic in South Bend [Indiana] will accept Fort Wayne patients beginning next week, although pre-abortion counseling could continue to be offered locally.”

Klopfer has performed abortions in Ft. Wayne for years. Klopfer said he hopes to find a replacement for Dr. Cly so that he can resume performing abortions there.

Humbarger said the clinic’s demise would be “tremendous news for desperate mothers and babies vulnerable to abortion. Our goal has been to make Allen County abortion-free.”

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