Editor’s note. The following legal update was distributed by St. Joseph County Right to Life.
South Bend, Ind. – Longtime Indiana itinerant abortionist, Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, is scheduled to appear before the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana on August 25 in Indianapolis, in what the board has referred to as a final hearing. The board could strip Klopfer of his medical license or take other disciplinary action against him.
Due to numerous complaints from the residents and doctors of St. Joseph County, the board has been reviewing Klopfer’s medical license since 2013, when it referred the case to Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office for further investigation. The AG’s office filed an administrative licensing complaint with the board in 2014, citing more than 1,800 alleged abortion-related violations committed by Klopfer and his staff, including the late reporting of abortions performed on two 13-year-old girls.
St. Joseph County Right to Life believes the Medical Licensing Board should revoke the license based on the attorney general’s charges that Klopfer has repeatedly violated laws and regulations that apply to abortion. Jeanette Burdell, Executive Director of St. Joseph County Right to Life, summarized some of the events leading to the investigation of Klopfer’s license:
“Patients lives were at risk as anesthesia was administered improperly, informed consent laws were broken, medication was expired, staff was under-trained, infection control was lacking, and there was no governing body, to name but a few of Klopfer’s problems. And when abortions on 13-year-old girls weren’t reported in a timely manner as required by law, children were in danger of sexual abuse.”
“We hope the members of the Medical Licensing Board will act justly and impartially in regards to Klopfer’s medical license,” said Tom Gill, President of St. Joseph County Right to Life. “No other doctor would be allowed to practice for so long at such deplorable standards.” He continued, “We remain vigilant for any new abortion providers to our area who may act outside the law, bringing harm to women and their unborn children.”
Klopfer’s South Bend abortion facility, the Women’s Pavilion, has been without an abortion license since Nov. 4, 2015, when he surrendered the license to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). The ISDH had filed for revocation of the facility’s license on two separate occasions in 2015, and several legal proceedings took place. St. Joseph County has not had an operable abortion facility for more than nine months.
Dr. Klopfer also owned and operated clinics in Ft. Wayne and Gary, Indiana for decades, which closed in 2014 and 2015, respectively, due to numerous health code violations and loss of back-up doctor as required by law. The South Bend facility was Klopfer’s primary and last remaining facility offering abortions