3 A.M. Reflections on Ulrich Klopfer

August 26, 2016

Ulrich Klopfer

Ulrich Klopfer

It is just after 3 a.m. and I returned a few minutes ago from the Medical Licensing Board hearing where the Board members decided to suspend the license of Abortionist Ulrich Klopfer. This picture was taken a couple of hours ago when it became apparent that the outcome would not be favorable for the abortionist.

While he can apply for reinstatement after fulfilling several requirements including education, paying fines, court costs and investigation costs of the Attorney General’s staff, he will also need to appear before the Board prepared to present a clinical plan for updating his medical skills. It is unlikely that he will complete these requirements given that he will be 76 this year. He cannot reapply any sooner than 6 months.

While there is some satisfaction in seeing the career of an abortionist come to an end, it is a very sad tale.

Abortionist Klopfer told the Board members in his testimony today that he and his family escaped from East Germany when he was a child and they spent some time in a refugee camp. They immigrated to the U.S. and after finishing high school and college he entered medical school and ultimately became an ob-gyn. Almost immediately he began his career as an abortionist and has performed abortions for over 40 years. Best estimates put the total number of abortions he has performed at well over 50,000.

It is interesting to note that during his testimony, Klopfer’s own words really sealed his fate. He readily admitted his belief that his duty as a doctor was to perform abortions on minor girls and not report them as child sexual abuse victims to the authorities but rather return them to abusive situations with their parents. He readily admitted that he advised parents to take their daughters to other states where they did not have to report to the authorities. The incredulous Board members were rightly outraged. One Board member noted that no doctor had ever come before the Board readily admitting to not reporting child sexual abuse and promoting ways to cover it up. I am not sure the suspension would have occurred had Klopfer not testified against himself in this way.

This is a sad tale of an immigrant with a bright future ending up in the latter years of his life in this way. While I am glad his nefarious deeds have stopped, I cannot rejoice. There is not victory here for the thousands of preborn boys and girls who never had a birthday, or their mothers who are now the mothers of dead babies. There is no victory for a broken old man who has wasted a wonderful career and there is no victory for those of us who have invested our hearts and souls over years bringing him to justice. May God receive all the glory for whatever glory there is in this heartbreaking story. Please join me in committing to pray for the eternal salvation of Ulrich Klopfer. “It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Hebrews 10:31

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Cathie Humbarger is Indiana Right to Life’s Vice President of Policy Enforcement. She also serves as Executive Director of Allen County Right to Life and her office is next-door to Ulrich Klopfer’s former abortion facility in Fort Wayne. Humbarger was onsite for Klopfer’s hearing at the Indiana Medical Licensing Board. She sat through the hearing, including hours of testimony from 8:30 a.m. on Thursday to 2:00 a.m. on Friday.

 

 

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Abortion Doctor Klopfer Loses Medical License

August 26, 2016

Klopfer at Medical Licensing Board Hearing, Aug. 25

Klopfer at Medical Licensing Board Hearing, Aug. 25

Fichter: Klopfer has displayed grave disregard for women’s health

INDIANAPOLIS – Early this morning the Indiana Medical Licensing Board found longtime abortion doctor Ulrich Klopfer guilty of five of nine charges brought against him. The Board took disciplinary action against Klopfer by suspending his medical license for a minimum of six months, issuing a fine and requiring certain training if he should ever petition to reinstate his medical license. Klopfer was before the Board because of 1,833 abortion violations listed in an administrative licensing complaint filed in Sept. 2014 by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and additional charges filed in an amended complaint in Jan. 2016. Testimony before the Board took more than 12 hours.

Klopfer’s alleged violations stem from record keeping and informed 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 2014 complaint, Klopfer submitted 1,818 termination of pregnancy reports with missing or incorrect information. He failed to submit two termination of pregnancy reports within three days as required by law for abortions performed on 13-year-old girls. Six times, he failed to ensure informed and voluntary consent was provided by properly credentialed staff. Qualified staff was not available to monitor patients who had received sedation. Finally, he failed to obtain informed and voluntary consent for seven patients at least 18-hours prior to the abortion procedure.

“The Indiana Medical Licensing Board’s decision to suspend Klopfer’s medical license effectively puts an end to his decades of shameful practices in Indiana,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Klopfer has displayed grave disregard for women’s health, as evidenced by his failure to comply with basic health standards and simple reporting requirements. Among his violations are the appalling failures to report abortions on time for 13-year-old girls. During the testimony, Klopfer had to audacity to admit that once he did an abortion on a 10-year-old girl, 21-weeks pregnant by her uncle, and her sent her back home with her parents rather than notify authorities to the abuse.”

“We are thankful justice has finally been served and we are grateful that Attorney General Zoeller saw this process through. Klopfer will no longer compromise the health of Hoosier women.”

Klopfer ran abortion facilities in Fort Wayne, Gary and South Bend, Ind. Klopfer has performed no abortions in Fort Wayne since he lost his legally-required back-up doctor with admitting privileges on Dec. 31, 2013. Klopfer surrendered his Gary abortion facility license in June of 2015 and his South Bend abortion facility license was revoked in June of 2015.

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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Keep This One Thing in Mind When You Vote This November

August 2, 2016

In July, political junkies were glued to their television screens watching the Democrat and Republican Parties’ political conventions. The highlight of political conventions, of course, is the nomination of an individual to head the party’s ticket in the November presidential election. The Democrats selected former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (and her running mate Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine), while the Republicans put forward businessman Donald Trump (and his running mate Gov. Mike Pence, of our great state). Back in May, the Libertarian Party met to select Gov. Gary Johnson (and his running mate Gov. Bill Weld) as their nominee.

Not always captured in the convention headlines are the important policy decisions that take place at the party gatherings. Each party’s respective Platform Committee met to form a document that officially states the party’s priorities and policy positions.

When you vote this November, keep in mind the parties’ drastically different platform positions. The Republican, Democrat and Libertarian platform positions are pasted below in their entirety.

Republican Party

Republican Party

Republicans adopted a platform position that is being called the “Most Pro-Life Platform Ever.”

The Constitution’s guarantee that no one can “be deprived of life, liberty or property” deliberately echoes the Declaration of Independence’s proclamation that “all” are “endowed by their Creator” with the inalienable right to life. Accordingly, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to children before birth.

We oppose the use of public funds to perform or promote abortion or to fund organizations, like Planned Parenthood, so long as they provide or refer for elective abortions or sell fetal body parts rather than provide healthcare. We urge all states and Congress to make it a crime to acquire, transfer, or sell fetal tissues from elective abortions for research, and we call on Congress to enact a ban on any sale of fetal body parts. In the meantime, we call on Congress to ban the practice of misleading women on so-called fetal harvesting consent forms, a fact revealed by a 2015 investigation. We will not fund or subsidize healthcare that includes abortion coverage.

We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life. We oppose the non-consensual withholding or withdrawal of care or treatment, including food and water, from individuals with disabilities, newborns, the elderly, or the infirm, just as we oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide.

We affirm our moral obligation to assist, rather than penalize, women who face an unplanned pregnancy. In order to encourage women who face an unplanned pregnancy to choose life, we support legislation that requires financial responsibility for the child be equally borne by both the mother and father upon conception until the child reaches adulthood. Failure to require a father to be equally responsible for a child places an inequitable burden on the mother, creating a financial and social hardship on both mother and child. We celebrate the millions of Americans who open their hearts, homes, and churches to mothers in need and women fleeing abuse. We thank and encourage providers of counseling, medical services, and adoption assistance for empowering women experiencing an unintended pregnancy to choose life. We support funding for ultrasounds and adoption assistance. We salute the many states that now protect women and girls through laws requiring informed consent, parental consent, waiting periods, and clinic regulation. We condemn the Supreme Court’s activist decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt striking down commonsense Texas laws providing for basic health and safety standards in abortion clinics.

We applaud the U.S. House of Representatives for leading the effort to add enforcement to the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act by passing the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which imposes appropriate civil and criminal penalties on healthcare providers who fail to provide treatment and care to an infant who survives an abortion, including early induction delivery whether the death of the infant is intended. We strongly oppose infanticide. Over a dozen states have passed Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Acts prohibiting abortion after twenty weeks, the point at which current medical research shows that unborn babies can feel excruciating pain during abortions, and we call on Congress to enact the federal version. Not only is it good legislation, but it enjoys the support of a majority of the American people. We support state and federal efforts against the cruelest forms of abortion, especially dismemberment abortion procedures, in which unborn babies are literally torn apart limb from limb.

We call on Congress to ban sex-selection abortions and abortions based on disabilities —discrimination in its most lethal form. We oppose embryonic stem cell research. We oppose federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. We support adult stem cell research and urge the restoration of the national placental stem cell bank created by President George H.W. Bush but abolished by his Democrat successor, President Bill Clinton. We oppose federal funding for harvesting embryos and call for a ban on human cloning.

The Democratic Party is extreme on abortion. Democrats’ almost limitless support for abortion, and their strident opposition to even the most basic restrictions on abortion, put them dramatically out of step with the American people. Because of their opposition to simple abortion clinic safety procedures, support for taxpayer-funded abortion, and rejection of pregnancy resource centers that provide abortion alternatives, the old Clinton mantra of “safe, legal, and rare” has been reduced to just “legal.” We are proud to be the party that protects human life and offers real solutions for women.

Democratic Party

Democratic Party

In sharp contrast, Democrats approved an abortion position being called, “the most liberal in Democrat history.”

Democrats are committed to protecting and advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice. We believe unequivocally, like the majority of Americans, that every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion—regardless of where she lives, how much money she makes, or how she is insured. We believe that reproductive health is core to women’s, men’s, and young people’s health and wellbeing. We will continue to stand up to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood health centers, which provide critical health services to millions of people. We will continue to oppose—and seek to overturn—federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment. We condemn and will combat any acts of violence, harassment, and intimidation of reproductive health providers, patients, and staff. We will defend the ACA, which extends affordable preventive health care to women, including no-cost contraception, and prohibits discrimination in health care based on gender.

We will address the discrimination and barriers that inhibit meaningful access to reproductive health care services, including those based on gender, sexuality, race, income, disability, and other factors. We recognize that quality, affordable comprehensive health care, evidence-based sex education and a full range of family planning services help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and thereby also reduce the need for abortions.

And we strongly and unequivocally support a woman’s decision to have a child, including by ensuring a safe and healthy pregnancy and childbirth, and by providing service during pregnancy and after the birth of a child, including adoption and social support services, as well as protections for women against pregnancy discrimination. We are committed to creating a society where children are safe and can thrive physically, emotionally, educationally, and spiritually. We recognize and support the importance of civil structures that are essential to creating this for every child.

Libertarian Party

Libertarian Party

Libertarians want to ignore the ethical implications of abortion altogether. Their platform reads:

Recognizing that abortion is a sensitive issue and that people can hold good-faith views on all sides, we believe that government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration.

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