FORT WAYNE, IN, December 17, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An abortionist in Fort Wayne may have to stop performing the procedure at year’s end if he cannot find a replacement for a back-up doctor who quit Dec. 12 over concerns that clinic employees were helping cover up sexual abuse of children.
Abortionist Ulrich Klopfer lives in Crete, but performs abortions in Fort Wayne at the Fort Wayne Women’s Health Organization. The Allen County Patient Safety Ordinance requires that doctors who live outside of the county retain a local backup doctor to ensure continuity of care in case of after-hours emergencies. State law also requires abortionists to either have admitting privileges at a local hospital or maintain a relationship with a doctor who does.
For the past three years, Dr. Geoffrey Cly, who says he is pro-life, had been serving that role for Klopfer, out of concern for the safety of women who suffer dangerous complications after abortion. But on Dec. 12, he notified Klopfer that he could no longer do so in good conscience due to the abortionist’s improper and possibly illegal handling of his youngest clients.
“Many people have wondered why a Pro-Life OB/Gyn such as myself, would provide backup emergency coverage for patients who had terminations,” Cly wrote in a letter to Klopfer, which he copied to the Allen County health department and later posted online. “I was willing to serve as your Physician Designee because patients’ well-being and safety is of utmost importance to me. Patients’ well-being and safety remains my top priority. However, recent information has revealed to me that you have placed other things higher in priority than the health and safety of your patients.”
Citing a pair of news articles from the South Bend Tribune detailing Klopfer’s failure to report abortions performed on children under 14, as required by state law, Cly said he worried that Klopfer was enabling child molesters to continue abusing the young girls in his care.
“You told an online news publication, RH Reality Check, that you now advise girls under 14 and their parents or guardians that they can go to Illinois or Ohio to avoid the under-14 reporting requirement for child sexual abuse,” Cly wrote. “Your failure to report 13-year-old abortions properly and your subsequent admission to advising parents to avoid state laws is alarming. According to Indiana law, sex with a girl under 14 – regardless of the perpetrator's age – is child abuse.”
“Your advice to cross state lines for abortions may help child abuse to continue and a perpetrator or abuser to walk free,” he added. “This advice blatantly disregards patients’ well-being and safety measures that are so important to me as a practicing OB/GYN and the medical field as a whole. I am saddened to think that these young girls may still be in a situation where they are in danger of being forced into further sexual abuse and emotional trauma.”
Earlier this year, Klopfer was the subject of more than 1,000 complaints filed with the county health department after pro-life activists reviewed two years’ worth of publicly available abortion records and found thousands of errors, omissions and outright lies, including the baffling claim that every abortion Klopfer performed in Allen County was done at 88 weeks’ gestation (a normal human pregnancy lasts 40 weeks).
Klopfer applied for a renewal of his medical license in October, but the state medical licensing board has summoned him for an in-person review before they will issue a renewal based on media reports detailing his troubles.
The termination of Cly’s contract with Klopfer is effective Dec. 31. If Klopfer cannot find a replacement by then, he will be forced to stop performing abortions in Allen County.