South Bend Abortionist Scheduled for March 15 Pre-trial Meeting

South Bend, Ind. – St. Joseph County Right to Life confirmed today with the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana that a pre-trial conference will be held tomorrow, March 15, 2016 regarding the medical license of South Bend abortionist Ulrich G. Klopfer. This meeting of all pertinent parties will not be open to the public.

Klopfer’s case has been removed from the March 24 Medical Licensing Board meeting agenda as was previously scheduled, when the board could have taken disciplinary action against Klopfer’s license or revoked it. The parties may discuss a settlement agreement at the pre-trial conference tomorrow.

The Indiana Attorney General’s office has conducted an ongoing investigation since 2014 and has filed administrative complaints with the licensing board against Dr. Klopfer’s medical license. St. Joseph County Right to Life President Tom Gill stated, “We expect that the Attorney General’s investigation will result in holding Dr. Klopfer fully accountable.”

New complaints have been filed this month by St. Joseph County Right to Life and area doctors. There are more than 50 new complaints from 2015 terminated pregnancy reports, including possible cases where abortions may have been performed after the first trimester legal limits.

Some of the original complaints filed against Klopfer include:

  • Non-compliance of the informed consent law, which requires the abortionist to provide certain information to the patient at least 18 hours prior to the procedure
  • Failure to report the abortions performed on at least two 13-year-old girls to the state health department within the required three-day time frame to ensure safety of the patient
  • Violations of code regarding administration of anesthesia
  • More than 2,400 incomplete, inaccurate and late terminated pregnancy reports.

Klopfer performed abortions at his South Bend clinic, Women’s Pavilion, until Nov. 4, 2015 when he lost his abortion facility license (separate from his medical license which is now in jeopardy). The Indiana Department of Health (ISDH) had filed two separate complaints for revocation of the facility license in 2015, which Klopfer appealed but later dropped, essentially surrendering the Women’s Pavilion’s license to perform abortions. The complaints for revocation came as a result of the ISDH’s inspections revealing multiple health code violations, which were the subject of more than 1,400 complaints filed by St. Joseph County Right to Life.

Klopfer’s two other abortion facilities in Ft. Wayne and Gary also lost facility licenses in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

St. Joseph County Right to Life will continue to report the details as they unfold.

St. Joseph County Right to Life, Inc. is dedicated to the social welfare by promoting life through education and advocacy. It is the oldest, continuously active pro-life organization in St. Joseph County, and is the central organization representing pro-life interests. Its goal is to protect all innocent human life–the unborn, the infirm or handicapped, and the aged.