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Licensing board calls on abortion doc

State medical panel eyes renewal after reporting lapses

Klopfer

– The doctor who performs abortions in Fort Wayne and two other cities has been asked to appear before the Indiana Medical Licensing Board.

Dr. Ulrich “George” Klopfer is still “valid to practice while reviewed,” according to state records.

Sue Swayze, communications director for the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, said the medical licensing board requested a personal appearance by Klopfer after seeing information in the media about not properly filing reports.

Klopfer filed for license renewal under the usual process in October.

“The board has reached out to him and said, ‘You are valid, but before you renew we want you to come talk to us,’ ” Swayze said. “It’s not very often that the board does this.”

Swayze used to be the legislative director for Indiana Right to Life, and recently moved to state employment. She said she was not involved in bringing Klopfer’s case to the board’s attention.

The state attorney general has not filed a disciplinary complaint against Klopfer.

Indiana Right to Life in September publicized that Klopfer waited six months to file notice with the state about a 2013 abortion performed on a 13-year-old girl in Fort Wayne. The South Bend Tribune recently reported more issues with Klopfer’s reporting.

Indiana law requires doctors who provide abortions to girls younger than 14 to report the procedure to both the Indiana State Department of Health and the Department of Child Services within three days.

Klopfer works in clinics that provide abortions in Allen, St. Joseph and Lake counties.

nkelly@jg.net

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