January 2015 trial set for Indiana abortionist

 

By Dave Andrusko

Ulrich Klopfer  (WSBT photo // Jade Birch)

Ulrich Klopfer
(WSBT photo // Jade Birch)

Lake County Criminal Court Judge Nicholas Schiralli set a trial date of January 26 for abortionist Ulrich Klopfer, charged with failing to report to officials within three days that he performed an abortion on a 13-year-old girl, as required by Indiana law. Klopfer potentially faces a fine of $1,000 and 180 days in jail if convicted of the Class B misdemeanor. Klopfer was not in court Monday.

As the saying goes, this offense is only the tip of the iceberg in the case against the 73-year-old Ulrich Klopfer.

As NRL News Today reported, Klopfer admitted to failing to report abortions provided to girls under 14. However Klopfer 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,” according to Amanda Gray of the South Bend Tribune. Klopfer also told Gray that “state records showing that he took six months to report a Feb. 7 abortion of a young teen in Fort Wayne are in error.”

In March prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Jessica McBrier confirmed to Gray that detectives took files and other paperwork from Klopfer’s office at the Women’s Pavilion abortion clinic. “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 the 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 resigned, effective January 1, 2013, citing Klopfer’s failure to file timely reports about abortions on girls 13 and under.

However, Klopfer is not the only abortionist who failed to adhere to state reporting requirements; there are at least four, according to Gray. In seven of the 12 abortions performed on girls under 14 since July 2011, abortionists “did not file reports until several weeks — in one incident, it was six months — after the procedure,” Gray reported. “In two other cases, it was unclear when the reports were filed because state records are incomplete.”

However Klopfer was the worst offender.

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