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Med board yields on abortion doc

Klopfer

– The Indiana Medical Licensing Board took no action against Dr. Ulrich Klopfer on Wednesday because of an ongoing investigation by the attorney general’s office into the abortion doctor’s actions.

The board had originally asked Klopfer to appear regarding his license renewal because of media reports about mishandled paperwork and other concerns.

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

Wednesday’s meeting was so packed, the state fire marshal’s office raised concern and barred others from entering.

Klopfer, who until recently performed abortions in Fort Wayne, also does 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 alleges that Klopfer performed an abortion on the girl at a clinic in Gary in September 2012. However, the Indiana Terminated Pregnancy Report form wasn’t filed by Klopfer within the required time frame. The form wasn’t received by the Indiana State Department of Health until January 2013.

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

Allen County law requires that doctors who practice in but don’t live in the county 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 an agreement with a physician who has admitting privileges at a hospital in case of an emergency.

nkelly@jg.net

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