FORT WAYNE – Complaints that a Fort Wayne doctor gave a 13-year-old girl an abortion and failed to report it properly have been filed with the state.
Two women who belong to Allen County Right to Life filed the complaints with the Indiana Attorney Generals Office and Indiana Medical Licensing Board on Wednesday against Dr. Ulrich Klopfer.
The complaints accuse Klopfer of performing an abortion on the girl in February and failing to report it to the Indiana Department of Health within three days, per state law.
Instead, Klopfer reported the abortion to the health department in July, according to paperwork from the state agency. Klopfer, who works for the Fort Wayne Womens Health Organization, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
A woman who answered the phone at his clinic, 2210 Inwood Drive, hung up before any questions could be asked.
Its heartbreaking to learn that a 13-year-old became pregnant and now must live with the pain of an abortion for the rest of her life, but its doubly heartbreaking that Dr. Klopfers failure to report the abortion may have allowed the girls molester to walk free, Cathie Humbarger, executive director of Allen County Right to Life and one of the women who filed the complaints, said in a statement.
In Indiana, sex with a person younger than 14 is recognized as child molesting.
Also, doctors and other medical staff are in positions where its considered mandatory that they report suspected child abuse.
While paperwork shows that Klopfer might not have immediately reported the abortion to the department of health, its unclear whether he reported it to another agency.
Mike McAlexander, Allen Countys chief deputy prosecutor, said his office had no complaints regarding a situation where a 13-year-old had undergone an abortion.
A call to the Indiana Department of Child Services, which can also receive reports of child abuse, was not returned Wednesday.
Doctors who perform abortions on girls younger than 14 are required to notify the state with paperwork, which is usually a one-page sheet they complete and send.
Failure to do so is punishable by a Class B misdemeanor, according to language printed at the top of the Department of Healths terminated-pregnancy reports. A Class B misdemeanor is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and fine of up to $1,000.
The law, instructions for reporting and violation details are printed at the top of each terminated pregnancy report, Mike Fichter, president and CEO of Indiana Right to Life, said in a statement.
Klopfers failure to report this abortion raises serious red flags about his abortion business, the statement continued.
Humbarger, who filed her complaint with Evelyn Witte, sidewalk counselor for the local Right to Life group, came across the abortion while reviewing publicly available terminated-pregnancy reports.
Last year, Humbarger filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice against the clinic claiming that it is not wheelchair accessible.
The Department of Justice declined to take any action against the clinic.