Abortionist under investigation for failing to report statutory rape

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/21/14, 03:45 pm

An Indiana abortionist is facing criminal charges after failing to report the statutory rape of a 13-year-old patient, a Class B Misdemeanor according to Operation Rescue.

Last month, the Right to Life of St. Joseph County submitted 1,200 complaints against  Dr. Ulrich “George” Klopfer to Attorney General and Prosecutor Michael Dvorak. The complaints included paperwork mistakes and Klopfer’s failure to have the required back-up doctor at a nearby hospital. While reviewing reports of abortions performed at Klopfer’s facility, Right to Life discovered that the abortionist failed to report performing an abortion on a 13-year-old rape victim in September 2012 until four months after the required timely report date. Dvorak requested the Special Victims Unit to investigate Klopfer’s abortion center in Gary, Ind. 

Local news station WSBT reported today that Klopfer is scheduled to appear in front of Indiana’s Medical Licensing board Wednesday in Indianapolis to answer questions about comments he made to news media regarding an abortion performed on a 13-year-old girl.

An earlier report by WSBT confirmed that Klopfer had no recorded back-up doctor at a local or state health department. 

“It appears that there is no oversight to that portion of the law,” Indiana Professional Licensing Agency spokeswoman Sue Swayze told WSBT. “In other words, there’s no state registry for that.”

WSBT also reported that Klopfer refused to answer their reporter’s questions about his apparent lack of the required connection with a local hospital.

“Now a days the majority of medical school graduates become employed in some big corporation where the hospital or otherwise controls and dictates everything you can and cannot do,” Klopfer told the station. “For me to divulge information that’s not necessary, I will not.”

He also attributed his reticence to safety concerns. 

Klopfer already lost the ability to legally perform abortions in his Ft. Wayne abortion center after similar complaints by Right to Life caused his backup doctor in Allen County to terminate his connection with the abortionist. Allen County has its own local back-up doctor ordinance in addition to the state requirement.

Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. Follow Rachel on Twitter @Rachel_Lynn_A.

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