Indiana medical panel asks for personal appearance by abortionist who admitted failing to report abortions of young girls as required
By Dave Andrusko
Sue Swayze, communications director for the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, has told the Journal Gazette newspaper that the medical licensing board has requested a personal appearance by abortionist Ulrich Klopfer “after seeing information in the media about not properly filing reports,” according to reporter Niki Kelly.
Based in Illinois, Klopfer performs abortions in clinics in St. Joseph, Allen, and Lake counties in Indiana. Klopfer filed to renew his Indiana license in October.
“The board has reached out to him and said, ‘You are valid, but before you renew we want you to come talk to us,’” Swayze said. “It’s not very often that the board does this.”
When the girl is 13 and younger, an abortionist has three days under Indiana law to report to the Indiana State Department of Health and to the Department of Child Services. Breaking the law is a Class B misdemeanor.
At least four abortionists have not done so. Klopfer is one. Last week he admitted to reporter Amanda Gray of the South Bend Tribune 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.” However, Klopfer also insisted that “state records that he took six months to report a Feb. 7 abortion of a young teen in Fort Wayne are in error.”
When Allen County Right to Life Executive Director Cathie Humbarger reviewed the publicly-available records , it showed that Klopfer performed an abortion on a 13-year-old girl on February 7 but that the Indiana Department of Health reported receiving the report on July 25. On September 13, Humbarger and Evelyn Witte filed complaints with the Indiana Attorney General’s office and the Indiana Medical Licensing Board.
As he did previously to other news outlets, on Saturday Klopfer told the Associated Press “that he found it ‘amazing’ that a paperwork error could jeopardize his license.”
Timely reporting of young teen abortions is critical to the investigations of possible abuse, according to prosecutors and child safety advocates.
“What we know is that some sex offenders have more than one victim,” Jennifer Pickering, spokeswoman for Prevent Child Abuse St. Joseph County, told Gray. “The sooner the opportunity arises to investigate, the sooner DCS [Department of Child Services], can get involved and the sooner you can assure that girl is safe and determine if there are any other victims.”
When Humbarger and Witte filed their complaint against Klopfer back in September, Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life said
“Indiana law is very clear about what needs to be reported, to whom and when reporting must take place regarding abortions on girls under 14 years of age. The law, instructions for reporting and violation details are printed at the top of each terminated pregnancy report. Klopfer’s failure to report this abortion raises serious red flags about his abortion business. If he fails to send in a one-page form when he does an abortion on a 13-year-old, how can anyone know if he is following state abortion law in other areas such as informed consent, facility standards and appropriately determining the age of the baby before he aborts him or her?”