Abortionist who violated law designed to catch molesters asked to appear before state license board
INDIANAPOLIS, December 9, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Medical authorities in Indiana have asked an abortionist who violated a state law designed to catch child molesters to appear in person before renewing his license to practice.
Dr. Ulrich George Klopfer must explain to the Indiana Medical Licensing Board why he failed to report performing two abortions on girls under the age of 14 in a timely manner, as required by law.
Having sex with a minor 13 or younger is prosecuted as a felony, and abortionists must report performing abortions on young girls to the Department of Child Services and the Indiana State Department of Health within three days.
Klopfer withheld reports for as much as half a year.
Klopfer had performed an abortion on a young black girl at Fort Wayne Women's Health Organization on February 7. He did not report the abortion until July 25, more than six months later.
In another instance, Klopfer performed an abortion on a 13-year-old girl at Friendship Family Planning in Gary last September 28 but did not file a report until January 23.
A third reporting abuse took place after Klopfer aborted the child of a young minor in South Bend.
Klopfer told the Associated Press he found the possibility that he could lose his license for failing to report potential molestation to the appropriate authorities in a timely manner “amazing.”
Sue Swayze, communications director for the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, told the Journal-Gazette the board told Klopfer, “before you renew we want you to come talk to us.”
“It’s not very often that the board does this,” Swayze, who is the former legislative director of Indiana Right to Life, added.
Around the time Klopfer filed to have his license renewed, citizens filed 487 complaints with the state attorney general, saying the abortionist made “more than 3,000 errors and omissions” on forms filed with the state in less than two years, from July 2011 to June 2013.
Last month, the number of complaints rose to more than 626 consumer complaints from 20 Indiana women.
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“Mistakes on every report for every abortion performed simply demonstrate sloppy work,” said Lynne Scherschel, a board member of Lake County Right to Life, who said the reports were an “important accountability measure for client health and safety.”
”All the errors and omissions are concerning, but especially alarming are omissions like whether or not an examination was done to be sure the abortion was complete,” Scherschel said. “The state and county must take corrective steps immediately, starting with suspending Dr. Kloper’s medical license until a full investigation is done.”
The failure to report underage abortions is the most explosive charge facing the doctor, who has been anything but apologetic about his actions. He told Sofia Resnick of RH Reality Check that he now encourages girls under 14 to go to Illinois or Ohio – states that have no such reporting requirements. He said perhaps one-third of the young girls he talks to do so.
But he is anything but alone in failing to alert authorities about underage abortions.
In all, at least seven of the 12 abortions performed on girls 13 or younger were reported weeks or months later than required by law, according to an investigation performed by Amanda Gray of the South Bend Tribune. Another two reports were incomplete, meaning that 58 to 75 percent of the reports were not filed in a timely manner.
Four abortionists in five counties – including an Indianapolis facility that advised an undercover Live Action reporter how to “hide” a statutory rape in 2008 – failed to comply with child protection standards.
“Covering up sexual abuse is no anomaly in these places; on the contrary, it's part of their modus operandi, tailor-made to maximize their abortion income,” Live Action President Lila Rose told LifeSiteNews after finding the most recent report.
Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter hopes the board will throw the book at all the abortionists who violated this law. "If such an investigation confirms that the abuse of these children has not been properly reported, the only reasonable course is to permanently revoke the license of every doctor involved," he said.
The licensing board considers Klopfer “valid to practice while reviewed,” the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette reports.
Ulrich performs abortions in three separate Indiana facilities. He lives in Crete, Illinois.