By Dave Andrusko
The South Bend Tribune reported today that it had obtained a complaint by the Indiana Department of Health that seeks to revoke the Women’s Pavilion’s operating license, a clinic owned by notorious abortionist Ulrich “George” Klopfer.
That abortion clinic is one of only three in northern Indiana and the only one in South Bend.
NRL News Today has reported extensively on Klopfer’s legal and administrative troubles stemming from violations of advice and consent laws and abortion record-keeping failures. [For example, see nrlc.cc/1Dx1oQh and nrlc.cc/1Dx1yHk.]
He is “best” known for failing to report abortions provided to girls under 14 in the time required by state law. He is scheduled to appear March 26 before the Indiana Medical Licensing Board for a hearing pertaining to a state investigation on complaints filed against his practices
In addition last year the state Attorney General’s office filed administrative licensing complaints with the Indiana Medical Licensing Board.
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The Attorney General’s office explained that while Klopfer filed “pregnancy-termination reports” with ISDH [Indiana State Department of Health] on 1,818 abortions he performed between July 2012 and November 2013, “all 1,818 reports were incomplete and incorrect in some way,” according to the complaint.
“Each report contained on average four omissions or errors involving medical and statistical information that must be reported to ISDH for statistical purposes.”
Today, Amanda Gray of the South Bend Tribune reported that her newspaper had obtained a copy of the Indiana Department of Health’s complaint which was filed January 28. The actual inspection was conducted October 29 and cited 27 regulations that the clinic did not meet, including regulations on proof of staff certification, clinic procedures and disposal of expired medication. The complaint filed in January states that in December the clinic administrators were contacted via mail and given their first notice of noncompliance — and asked to submit a plan of correction. By Jan. 5, they had not submitted an acceptable plan, and were sent a second notice of noncompliance.
At the time the complaint was filed, the ISDH had still not received such a plan. According to Indiana State Department of Health spokesman Ken Severson, the department has received a plan, but not one that could be accepted.
The inspection found numerous shortcomings including a failure of the files to show that half the patients (15 of 30) were served by qualified staff during recovery after an abortion and that half the “patients were not monitored by qualified personnel other than the doctor while under conscious sedation during an abortion procedure,” Gray reported.
According to Indiana State Department of Health records, Klopfer’s clinics in Fort Wayne and Gary, Indiana, while licensed, are not performing abortions because he doesn’t have hospital admitting privilege agreements with doctors in those counties.