State Moves to Revoke Klopfer’s South Bend Abortion Facility License

June 29, 2015

Klopfer Not in Compliance with Indiana Abortion Laws

Indiana State Department of Health Complaint

Indiana State Department of Health Complaint

SOUTH BEND, IND. – On June 26, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) filed a complaint with an administrative law judge to revoke the abortion facility license for Women’s Pavilion in South Bend, Ind., operated by Dr. Ulrich Klopfer. Klopfer’s facility is charged with violating Indiana Code 16-21. This revocation complaint follows a January 28 revocation complaint by the state against Klopfer’s facility.

According to the complaint, the ISDH surveyed the abortion facility on Oct. 29, 2014 and found 27 deficiencies. On Dec. 9, 2014, the ISDH sent a notice of noncompliance to the facility and requested a formal plan of correction for each deficiency.  With no response from Klopfer, the ISDH issued a second notice on January 6. When the ISDH had not received a plan of correction by January 28, it filed a complaint to revoke the facility’s operating license (currently pending). On June 3, the ISDH conducted a licensure complaint investigation of the facility, revealing multiple additional deficiencies. The main deficiency revealed on June 3 was that Klopfer was not abiding by Indiana’s 18-hour notification law that requires a woman to give her voluntary and informed consent, view the fetal ultrasound and hear the fetal heartbeat, at least 18 hours before an abortion.

Included in the complaint: “The deficiencies…show that Women’s Pavilion is not in compliance with the laws governing the conduct of abortion clinics in this state, and that such noncompliance is willful, intentional, and detrimental to the welfare of clinic patients.”

In a statement, St. Joseph County Right to Life said, “Our organization has been monitoring Dr. Klopfer’s Women’s Pavilion for decades and has filed numerous complaints to both local and state officials over the years. This complaint for revocation by the state validates our concerns. The inordinate number of code violations for this facility is incredible, as has been the pattern year in and year out. After allowing his license to lapse in his resident state of Illinois in 1990, for more than 25 years Dr. Klopfer has gotten away with maintaining substandard clinic conditions and not adhering to a normative standard of medical care that is customary in St. Joseph County.  This translates to a clear danger for women who are seeking abortions in South Bend.

“In addition to the main deficiency cited in this most recent complaint, failure to abide by the 18-hour notification law, Dr. Klopfer has had numerous alleged failures in this and previous complaints. They range from failing to ensure that patients were monitored by qualified personnel when using conscious sedation to failing to report abortions done on girls under 14 years of age in the time required by law, among other violations. In light of these and numerous other violations, we at St. Joseph County Right to Life expect that the law will finally be upheld and that the administrative law judge will agree with the ISDH in the revocation of the Women’s Pavilion’s operating license.”

“We are pleased that the ISDH is holding Dr. Klopfer accountable,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Laws are no good unless someone is willing to see that they are being followed. Hoosiers should be encouraged that their government, the Pence administration and the ISDH consider patient health and safety to be priorities.”

Klopfer was the longtime abortion doctor in Gary, South Bend and Fort Wayne, Ind., though he currently only does abortions in South Bend. He surrendered his Gary abortion facility license earlier this month and admitting privilege laws prevent him from doing abortions in Fort Wayne. In Dec. 2013, Klopfer’s back-up doctor severed the relationship after learning of Klopfer’s alleged criminal activity in untimely reporting of underage girls.

An administrative law judge will now review the case and make a final decision.

Click here to view the June 26 complaint. Click here to learn more about Klopfer’s alleged violations from St. Joseph County Right to Life.

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.

St. Joseph County Right to Life, Inc. is dedicated to the social welfare by promoting life through education and advocacy. It is the oldest, continuously active pro-life organization in St. Joseph County, and is the central organization representing pro-life interests. Its goal is to protect all innocent human life-the unborn, the infirm or handicapped, and the aged.

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Klopfer’s Abortion Errors Case Moving Forward

June 25, 2015

Indiana Medical Licensing Board Did Not Dismiss Klopfer’s Alleged Abortion Violations Case at Today’s Hearing

INDIANAPOLIS – Today, the Indiana Medical Licensing Board denied Dr. Ulrich Klopfer’s motion for summary judgment, propelling the case forward. Klopfer faces an administrative licensing complaint by Indiana Attorney General’s office of 1,833 alleged abortion violations. Klopfer was the longtime abortion doctor in Gary, South Bend and Fort Wayne, Ind., though he currently only does abortions in South Bend.

“We’re pleased justice will run its course and that the Indiana Medical Licensing Board didn’t simply let Dr. Klopfer off the hook,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Dr. Klopfer’s 1,833 alleged violations are serious matters that deserve serious scrutiny. Hoosiers expect those holding medical licenses to be held to a high standard and we’re thankful the Medical Licensing Board is doing that by moving this case forward.”

Klopfer’s 1,833 alleged violations stem from recording keeping and advice and consent law errors he made while doing abortions in Gary, South Bend and Fort Wayne. According to the alleged violations in the Attorney General’s complaint, Klopfer submitted 1,818 termination of pregnancy reports with missing or incorrect information. He failed to submit two termination of pregnancy reports on time for 13-year-old girls. Six times, he failed to ensure informed and voluntary consent was obtained through appropriate counselors. Finally, he failed to obtain informed and voluntary consent for seven patients at least 18-hours prior to the abortion procedure.

Click here to view the news release from the Attorney General’s office on the administrative licensing complaint filed in Sept. 2014 against Klopfer.

Dr. Ulrich Klopfer

Dr. Ulrich Klopfer

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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Abortion Doctor’s Case before Indiana Medical Licensing Board on Thursday

June 23, 2015

Board Will Consider Dr. Klopfer’s Motion for Summary Judgment  

INDIANAPOLIS – On Thursday, June 25, the Indiana Medical Licensing Board will consider Dr. Ulrich Klopfer’s motion for summary judgment. Klopfer faces an administrative licensing complaint by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office of 1,833 alleged abortion violations. Klopfer was the longtime abortion doctor in Gary, South Bend and Fort Wayne, Ind., though he currently only does abortions in South Bend.

Klopfer’s 1,833 alleged violations stem from recording keeping and advice and consent law errors he made while doing abortions in Gary, South Bend and Fort Wayne. According to the alleged violations in the Attorney General’s complaint, Klopfer submitted 1,818 termination of pregnancy reports with missing or incorrect information. He failed to submit two termination of pregnancy reports on time for 13-year-old girls. Six times, he failed to ensure informed and voluntary consent was obtained through appropriate counselors. Finally, he failed to obtain informed and voluntary consent for seven patients at least 18-hours prior to the abortion procedure.

“Dr. Klopfer has displayed poor practices for years, putting his patients at risk,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “We anticipate that the Indiana Medical Licensing Board will allow justice to run its course by dismissing Dr. Klopfer’s request for summary judgment. These 1,833 alleged violations are serious issues, especially when one considers the young age of some of his patients involved. Hoosiers expect their state government to make sure laws are being followed. Therefore, we urge the Medical Licensing Board to allow this case to move forward so the violations can be fully considered and so Dr. Klopfer will have to answer for his alleged actions.”

Members of Indiana Right to Life will be in attendance at Thursday’s hearing, scheduled to begin at [8:30 a.m.] The hearing will take place at Indiana Government Center South, Professional Licensing Agency, Room W064, 402 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, Ind. Members of the media interested in coordinating an interview with staff from Indiana Right to Life should contact media@protectinglife.com.

Click here to view the news release from the Attorney General’s office on the administrative licensing complaint filed in Sept. 2014 against Klopfer.

Dr. Ulrich Klopfer

Dr. Ulrich Klopfer

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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Klopfer Surrenders His Abortion License in Gary, Ind.

June 11, 2015

Longtime Abortion Doctor Gives Up Abortion License as His Troubles Mount

Klopfer headshotGARY, IND. – Indiana Right to Life has learned that longtime Gary abortion doctor, Ulrich Klopfer, has surrendered his Gary, Ind. abortion license. Klopfer’s surrender follows the release of an alarming report by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) showing deplorable conditions and safety hazards at his Gary facility. The surrender also comes just prior to Klopfer’s scheduled hearing on June 25 before the Indiana Medical Licensing Board, where the Board could choose to remove his medical license.

“Dr. Klopfer has been operating with shoddy business practices for years,” shared Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “He has shown that he puts abortion revenue over the health and safety of his patients. The recent ISDH survey revealed water leaks, improper staffing, fire hazards, smells of sewage and more at Dr. Klopfer’s Gary location. He may have surrendered his license so that he doesn’t have to comply with the law in order to avoid further penalties.

“We applaud the Pence administration and ISDH staff for taking its responsibility seriously to inspect licensed abortion facilities and hold them accountable. With Dr. Klopfer’s license surrender, there is one less abortion facility in Indiana. We now turn our attention to Dr. Klopfer’s upcoming Medical Licensing Board hearing on June 25. The Board will review 1,833 alleged abortion violations. We believe Dr. Klopfer’s carelessness does a disservice to the medical community and his patients. We urge the Board to remove Dr. Klopfer’s medical license.”

Klofper, who lives in Illinois, still has his Fort Wayne and South Bend abortion sites licensed with the state, despite only doing abortions in South Bend.

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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Pro-abortion group targeting Governor Pence is at odds with Hoosiers’ pro-life values

June 9, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – EMILY’S List, the pro-abortion group that seeks to expand abortion access at all levels of government, is at odds with Hoosiers’ pro-life positions. EMILY’s List announced on Tuesday that Gov. Mike Pence is one of the group’s top 2016 election cycle targets.

Indiana Right to Life President and CEO, Mike Fichter, released the following statement:

“EMILY’s List believes nothing should limit abortion access. EMILY’s List would like its candidates to make abortion more available by scrapping late-ultrasound photo istockterm abortion laws and allowing partial birth abortions. Hoosiers have chosen pro-life leadership throughout the state including the governor’s office, a pro-life supermajority in the General Assembly and most of our representatives in Congress. Killing children moments before birth or as they are being born, is simply radical, and a far departure from Hoosiers’ positions on abortion.

“Gov. Pence is a strong advocate for the unborn, and Hoosiers appreciate his willingness to stand up for life. This year, six pro-life bills passed the Indiana General Assembly with the support of Gov. Pence. EMILY’s List will not be able to convince voters that Indiana needs a governor committed to expanding abortion on demand and undoing common sense laws that protect women.”
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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