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Office of Indiana abortionist searched, medical license “under review”

by | Mar 21, 2014


State Attorney General considering action against Ulrich Klopfer

By Dave Andrusko

Ulrich Klopfer  (WSBT photo // Jade Birch)

Ulrich Klopfer
(WSBT photo // Jade Birch)

On Wednesday, the same day the Indiana Medical Licensing Board asked the state attorney general’s office to investigate Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, an abortionist who operates in Gary and South Bend, Indiana, the county prosecutor’s office confirmed that detectives from the St. Joseph County Special Victims unit served a search warrant at Ulrich’s South Bend clinic.

The South Bend Tribune’s Amanda Gray reported that Ulrich’s Indiana medical licenses will be listed as “valid while under review” until a decision comes from the attorney general’s investigation.

“Klopfer appeared before the licensing board at a brief hearing Wednesday in Indianapolis because of questions concerning the timeliness of his filing of abortion reports to the state,” Gray reported. “The board had the option of either renewing Klopfer’s licenses or forwarding the case to the attorney general, according to legal counsel for the board. The board chose to do the latter, and will bring Klopfer back for a hearing should the state’s attorney decide to take action against Klopfer.”

As NRL News Today reported, Ulrich admitted to failing to report abortions provided to girls under 14 despite a law requiring them to do so. When the girl is 13 and younger, 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.

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Ulrich insisted that he’d made an “honest mistake” in “failing to report two abortions he performed on girls younger than 14 from Gary in 2012 and South Bend in 2013” but also told Gray that “state records that he took six months to report a Feb. 7 abortion of a young teen in Fort Wayne are in error.”

Prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Jessica McBrier confirmed to Gray that on Wednesday detectives took files and other paperwork from Klopfer’s office at the Women’s Pavilion. “McBrier said the search warrant was served as part of an ongoing investigation into Klopfer based on complaints and accompanying paperwork from St. Joseph County Right to Life Program Director Jeanette Burdell,” Gray reported.

Thanks to the result of Wednesday’s search warrant, Gray was able to publish the results of state inspections that had taken place at three abortion clinics in 2010 and 2012. The violations ran the gamut from “procedural infractions” to very serious infractions. They included

  • “at least three occasions where abortions were provided within an hour or two of when patients signed their consent paperwork — violating the law requiring an 18-hour window between consenting and the procedure.”
  • “in a refrigerator at the clinic meant only for medication storage, an abortion specimen from a procedure that had occurred two months prior sat, waiting for pickup from a detective in a ‘possible rape case,’ according to a clinic staff member.”
  • A tank of nitrous oxide with an expiration date of December 3, 1989, was found in 2010.
  • “The inspector also found poorly maintained emergency response equipment, such as a defibrillator that hadn’t been maintained by industry standards.”
  • “violations ranging from a staff member not changing scrub jackets between cleaning soiled instruments and other patient care duties and staff taking home soiled linens to wash.”

Also, as NRL News Today reported, Klopfer is taking a “hiatus” from performing abortions in Ft. Wayne, Indiana because he had lost his backup physician. 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, 2013, citing Klopfer’s failure to file timely reports about abortions on girls 13 and under.

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