Complaints Filed Against Dr. For Allegedly Failing To Report 13-Year-Old's Abortion

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

Complaints Filed Against Dr. For Allegedly Failing To Report 13-Year-Old's Abortion

September 18, 2013 Updated Sep 18, 2013 at 5:56 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Dr. Ulrich Klopfer of the Fort Wayne Women's Health Organization is being accused of failing to report an abortion that was performed on a 13-year-old on February 7 as required by state law.

According to a release from the Allen County Right To Life, the Indiana Department of Health reported receiving the report on July 25, which is not within the three days that is specified by law.

Below is the release from the Allen County Right To Life. The Attorney General can not deny or confirm if the complaints were received but it is normal procedure to keep those complaints private until it is taken to the Indiana Medical Licensing Board.

Today complaints were filed with the Indiana Attorney General's office and the Indiana Medical Licensing Board over the Fort Wayne abortion doctor failing to report an abortion on a 13-year-old as required by state law. The age of the patient surfaced as Allen County Right to Life Executive Director, Cathie Humbarger, reviewed publicly-available terminated pregnancy reports. The report shows that a 13-year-old had an abortion performed by Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, of the Fort Wayne Women's Health Organization, on February 7. The Indiana Department of Health reported receiving the report on July 25, not within three days of the abortion procedure as specified by law.

According to Indiana abortion law, a physician performing an abortion on a patient less than 14 years of age must file a state-issued form within three days of the abortion with the state department of health and the department of child services. Indiana law specifies that failure to report is punishable with a Class B misdemeanor.

Complaints were filed with the Indiana Attorney General's office and the Indiana Medical Licensing Board by Humbarger and sidewalk counselor Evelyn Witte, both of Fort Wayne.

Representatives from Allen County Right to Life and Indiana Right to Life released the following statement regarding the complaints filed against Klopfer.

"It's heartbreaking to learn that a 13-year-old became pregnant and now must live with the pain of an abortion for the rest of her life, but it's doubly-heartbreaking that Dr. Klopfer's failure to report the abortion may have allowed the girl's molester to walk free," said Cathie Humbarger, Executive Director of Allen County Right to Life. "In Indiana, sex with a person under 14 is recognized as child molesting, regardless of the male's age. No 13-year-old should have their childhood ripped out from under them like this young girl had. I call on the Attorney General to immediately investigate Dr. Klopfer's failure to report this abortion. Sadly, this is not the first time I have filed a complaint over Klopfer's failure to report an abortion on a 13-year-old within the time frame required by law yet he still practices today. His failure to report is appalling."

"Dr. Klopfer's failure to report this abortion on a 13-year-old shows a blatant disregard for Indiana law, not to mention a lack of concern for the patient's wellbeing and safety," stated Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. "Indiana law is very clear about what needs to be reported, to whom and when reporting must take place regarding abortions on girls under 14 years of age. The law, instructions for reporting and violation details are printed at the top of each terminated pregnancy report. Klopfer's failure to report this abortion raises serious red flags about his abortion business. If he fails to send in a one-page form when he does an abortion on a 13-year-old, how can anyone know if he is following state abortion law in other areas such as informed consent, facility standards and appropriately determining the age of the baby before he aborts him or her? We urge Attorney General Zoeller and the Medical Licensing Board to swiftly examine this matter and take appropriate action."

If any charges will be filed they will be filed by the Allen County Prosecutor's office.

The documents can be viewed with the following links: Humbarger complaint, Witte complaint, Terminated Pregnancy Report.




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