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Indiana State medical licensing case against notorious abortionist to go forward

by | Jun 25, 2015

Indiana Medical Licensing Board rejects request for summary judgment

By Dave Andrusko

Abortionist Ulrich Klopfer

Abortionist Ulrich Klopfer

By a unanimous 4-0 vote, the Indiana Medical Licensing Board today denied abortionist Ulrich Klopfer’s motion for summary judgment, meaning there will be a full hearing later this year on the nearly 2,000 allegations against him.

When the Attorney General’s office filed a public complaint in mid-September asking the medical licensing board to take action against Klopfer, a press release said Klopfer’s reports averaged four errors each. Often times that meant he failed to include the father’s name or age.

As NRL News Today has reported, at issue are 1,833 alleged violations stemming from recording keeping and advice and consent law errors Klopfer made while performing abortions in Gary, South Bend and Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Indiana Right to Life explained the specifics:

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.

Amanda Gray, writing for the South Bend Tribune, noted that Klopfer was not in court today. His attorneys, Mary Watts and Joshua Burress, based their call for a summary argument on the basis that Klopfer did not “knowingly” violate state statutes and in the case of the informed consent laws, Watts argued, did not violate them at all.

Gray wrote

Deputy attorney general Kelsie Duggan argued that Klopfer was responsible for knowing the state statutes that govern his field, and that he doesn’t get to ignore the law because he claims to not know it.

“Due to our belief he has violated professional standards for a licensed medical professional, the board should have to opportunity to review the evidence,” Duggan said.

In addition,

Klopfer is not the only Indiana abortion provider that has been in front of the licensing board in recent months. Similar complaints were filed against three Indianapolis-area providers around the same time as Klopfer’s complaint. Their cases were heard before the board in April for similar requests for summary judgment, but they were also denied and will be heard at full hearings later this year, as well.

As we reported previously, Klopfer’s licenses are currently listed as “valid while under review.”

According to Nick Goodwin, spokesman for the Professional Licensing Agency, the eventual outcome of Klopfer’s medical licensing hearing could range from no sanction to a letter of reprimand, to a fine, to the license being placed on probation, suspension or revoked.

“Dr. Klopfer has been operating with shoddy business practices for years” Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life, said. He cited a recent Indiana State Department of Health survey that revealed water leaks, improper staffing, fire hazards, smells of sewage and more at Klopfer’s Gary location.

In addition, on July 13, Klopfer will be in court in Lake County for failing to file a timely report of an abortion he provided to a girl younger than the age of 14, as required by state law.

“He was charged with the same misdemeanor in St. Joseph County, but was granted pretrial diversion in December, with charges dismissed within a year if he abides by terms of the program,” Gray reported.

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