Abortionist failed to report 13-year-old’s abortion on time: legal complaint
FORT WAYNE, IN, September 18, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An Indiana abortionist failed to report performing an abortion on a 13-year-old girl, as required by Indiana law, possibly allowing her abuser to go free, a new complaint says.
Dr. Ulrich George Klopfer performed a suction curettage abortion on a young black girl at Fort Wayne Women's Health Organization on February 7. The baby was at 11 weeks gestation. The girl had not yet reached the eighth grade.
Under Indiana law, Klopfer is required to report cases of suspected sexual abuse within three days. He instead reported the abortion nearly six months later, on July 25. (Read his report here.)
Allen County Right to Life Executive Director Cathie Humbarger and sidewalk counselor Evelyn Witte each filed complaints with Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and the Indiana Medical Licensing Board over the abortionist's failure to act.
“I request the immediate suspension of the medical license of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer” pending “a full investigation,” they wrote.
"It's heartbreaking to learn that a 13-year-old became pregnant and now must live with the pain of an abortion for the rest of her life,” Humbarger said in a press release. “But it's doubly-heartbreaking that Dr. Klopfer's failure to report the abortion may have allowed the girl's molester to walk."
Last year, Klopfer failed to report another abortion of another 13-year-old girl in Lake County, according to another complaint filed by Humbarger. The complaint has not yet been ruled on.
Minors younger than 14 cannot consent to sex under state law, and authorities investigate such pregnancies as possible cases of statutory rape or molestation.
“Sadly, this is not the first time I have filed a complaint over Klopfer’s failure to report an abortion on a 13-year-old within the time frame required by law, yet he still practices today,” Humbarger said. “His failure to report is appalling.”
Last year, a pro-life protester caught Klopfer on video screaming about her 12-year-old daughter being gang raped. Ulrich briefly confronted a sidewalk counselor outside South Bend's Women’s Pavilion abortion facility, where the Illinois resident also performs abortions. “And while your little girl gets raped by 10 guys, gets pregnant with twins, you’re gonna have your grandchildren,” he screamed. “Shut up!”
The state abortion industry has a murky history of withholding the records of underage girls from state officials. Planned Parenthood fought a nearly two-year court battle against then-state Attorney General Steve Carter, when he requested the medical records of 73 girls under the age of 14 who had abortions, although he vowed to respect the girls' confidentiality. The lawsuit was settled in late 2006 in Planned Parenthood's favor.
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Two years later, Lila Rose personally filmed undercover exposés at a Bloomington Planned Parenthood and another abortion facility in Indianapolis. In each case, she told them she was a 13-year-old girl impregnated by her 31-year-old “boyfriend.”
At both institutions, employees responded by saying they “didn't want to know” or “really don't care about” the perpetrator's age and suggested ways she could avoid the state's parental consent law.
The ongoing violation of the law should raise eyebrows, and invite legal scrutiny, the state's pro-life leaders say.
“Klopfer's failure to report this abortion raises serious red flags about his abortion business,” Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life, added in the same press release. “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?”
Humbarger said she found just such a legal evasion, filing a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department that the Fort Wayne office, located at 2210 Inwood Drive, is not wheelchair accessible.
The Obama administration declined to investigate.
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