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Klopfer

Probe delays action on abortion doctor’s license

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Medical Licensing Board took no action against Dr. Ulrich Klopfer on Wednesday due to an ongoing investigation by the Indiana Attorney General’s Office.

The board had originally asked the doctor who performs abortion to appear regarding his license renewal due to media reports about allegations of mishandled paperwork and other concerns.

His license is still valid though it is unclear whether the attorney general will level official charges in the future.

The meeting was so packed the state fire marshal’s office expressed concern and barred more people from entering.

Klopfer, who until recently performed abortions in Fort Wayne, also provides abortions in South Bend and Gary.

He was charged earlier this month in Lake County with a misdemeanor criminal charge of “failing to timely file a public report” in connection with a case involving a 13-year-old rape victim.

The court document related to the case indicates Klopfer performed an abortion on girl at a clinic in Gary in September 2012. However the Indiana Terminated Pregnancy Report form wasn’t filed by Klopfer within the legal timeframe. The form wasn’t received by the Indiana State Department of Health until January 2013.

Klopfer lost the legal right to perform abortions in Fort Wayne at the start of the year because his backup doctor severed ties.

The Allen County Patient Safety Ordinance requires that doctors who practice but don’t live in the county to have a relationship with a local doctor who can legally practice in Allen County. State law requires abortion doctors to have local admitting privileges or have entered into an agreement with a physician who has admitting privileges at a hospital in case of an emergency.

nkelly@jg.net

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