Report: Indiana doctors fail to report young girls’ abortions

November 25, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Right to Life is calling for the immediate suspension of the medical licenses of several Indiana abortion doctors pending full investigation by the Indiana Attorney General into a new report alleging that numerous abortions on young girls under the age of 14 were not reported as required by state law.

The report, Gaps in Indiana teen abortion reporting, appeared in Sunday’s South Bend Tribune and claims that at least four Indiana abortion doctors failed to report abortions on young girls under the age of 14 as required by the Indiana law that states such abortions must be reported to state authorities within three days. Those doctors include Dr. Michael King, who does abortions for Planned Parenthood in Indianapolis, and Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, an independent operator who does abortions in Gary, South Bend and Fort Wayne, Ind. Klopfer is already the subject of hundreds of complaints alleging thousands of errors and omissions on state-mandated abortion reports.

“Indiana’s child abortion reporting law is designed to alert authorities that child sexual abuse is occurring,” states Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter. “Any failure to properly report such abuse means help is delayed to a child who is the victim of the worst kind of predator, potentially subjecting them to weeks or months of ongoing abuse that could have been stopped. The front page Tribune report also shared how one of the doctors actually admits telling underage girls and their parents or guardians to go to other states to avoid Indiana’s notification law. This is alarming on many levels.”

According to the Tribune report, of the 12 abortions reported on girls under the age of 14 since July 2011, abortion doctors failed to report seven of those abortions within the three days required by law.

“The concerns raised by this new report are so egregious that we believe the medical license of every doctor identified in the article should be immediately suspended pending a full investigation,” states Fichter. “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.”

Indiana Right to Life’s mission is to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy and promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion.

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