Editor’s note. The following was provided by, Saint Joseph County Right to Life (Indiana).
South Bend, Ind. – According to information obtained from the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana today, a pre-trial conference will be held at 3:30 p.m. on March 15, 2016, regarding the medical license of South Bend abortionist Ulrich G. Klopfer. This meeting of all pertinent parties will not be open to the public.
Klopfer’s case has been removed from the March 24 Medical Licensing Board meeting agenda, pending the outcome of the March 15 meeting. The Indiana Attorney General’s office has conducted an ongoing investigation and has filed administrative complaints with the licensing board against Dr. Klopfer’s medical license.
Some of the complaints filed against Klopfer include:
· Non-compliance of the informed consent law, which requires the abortionist to provide certain information to the patient at least 18 hours prior to the procedure
· Failure to report the abortions performed on at least two 13-year-old girls to the state health department within the required three-day time frame to ensure safety of the patient
· Violations of code regarding administration of anesthesia
· More than 2,400 incomplete, inaccurate and late terminated pregnancy reports.
Additionally, new complaints are being filed by St. Joseph County Right to Life and area doctors. There are more than 50 new complaints from 2015 terminated pregnancy reports, including possible cases where abortions may have been performed after the first trimester legal limits. St. Joseph County Right to Life President Tom Gill stated, “We expect that the Attorney General’s investigation will result in holding Dr. Klopfer fully accountable.”
Klopfer performed abortions at his South Bend clinic, Women’s Pavilion, until Nov. 4, 2015, when he lost his abortion facility license. This loss was due to Klopfer dropping his appeal of the Indiana Department of Health’s (ISDH) revocation of that license. The revocation came as a result of the ISDH’s inspections revealing multiple health code violations, which were the subject of more than 2,000 complaints filed by St. Joseph County Right to Life.
Klopfer’s two other facilities in Ft. Wayne and Gary also lost facility licenses in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
St. Joseph County Right to Life will continue to follow the details as they unfold.