Lawsuit Filed Seeking To Block Patient Safety Ordinance

By Scott Sarvay

June 18, 2010 Updated May 28, 2010 at 5:23 PM EDT

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - An ordinance seeking to further regulate out-of-town doctors practicing in Allen County is the subject of a legal battle.

Dr. George Klopfer and the Fort Wayne clinic where he performs abortions locally are seeking an injunction against the so-called Patient Safety Ordinance.

The suit alleges the ordinance creates an undue burden on patients who want abortion services, disputing the need for doctors like Klopfer to leave emergency contact information with health providers in case patients encounter surgical complications.

Leonard Goldstein who opposes the Patient Safety Ordinance says, “The hospitals are available to them, their family doctors are available, and I'm not sure what the, the...this requirement on Klopfer and others, um, helps somebody in, in trouble."

Allen County officials aren't commenting on the suit.

The ordinance is set to take effect June first.

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