The Indiana Medical Licensing Boarded voted to suspend longtime abortion doctor Ulrich George Klopfer's medical license indefinitely.
The decision came after some 12 hours of testimony presented to the Board. Klopfer will have to pay a fine of $3,000 and must undergo special training and certification should he decided to ever petition for his license to be reinstated.
Friday, NewsCenter 16 spoke with George Klopfer outside of the now-closed Women's Pavilion in South Bend. He still does paperwork in the office because he "owns the building."
When asked if he had any comment about his license suspension, Klopfer responded: "Well let me put it this way, the Attorney General's Office and the Right-to-Lifers are in bed together. How is that?"
The Indiana Attorney General's Office filed a complaint on January 11, 2016, alleging Klopfer violated state law nine times by failing to provide qualified personnel to monitor patients undergoing surgical abortion procedures.
Klopfer, ran three abortion clinics in Indiana, in Fort Wayne, Gary and South Bend at the Women's Pavilion. However, Klopfer surrendered his Gary abortion facility license in 2015 at the same time that his South Bend license was revoked.
The Women's Pavilion, located off of Ironwood Rd. in South Bend, shut down this past march.
According to a release from the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, Klopfer performed roughly 2,405 surgical and medical abortions at his three clinic locations between January 2012 and November 2013.
During that two year period, Klopfer allegedly failed to provide counseling information to patients undergoing abortion procedures, as required by state law. Klopfer also allegedly failed to properly complete and submit records to the state Department of Health when abortions were performed on two 13-year-old girls.
Klopfer admits to some failures when it came to filling out paperwork, but he denies failing to comply with Indiana's 18-hour informed consent law.
Instead, the former abortion doctor said the interpretation of the law is what got him in trouble: "The original statement of the state of Indiana and the ISDH didn't say that this had to be given for each and every pregnancy in succession, it says for an abortion. An abortion, if she had an abortion six months ago and comes back and wants to have another abortion, the law didn't say specifically you must come in and give the consent 18 hours before because she got it six months before, guess what that's 18 hours before the procedure."
The Board decided that Klopfer's medical license will be suspended indefinitely, but he can apply for reinstatement no sooner than in six months.
The Right to Life of St. Joseph County who has been monitoring this case and is located in the building adjacent to the Women's Pavilion issued the following release following the medical licensing board's decision:
After a 15-hour hearing in front of the Indiana Medical Licensing Board on Thursday, August 25, abortionist Ulrich G. Klopfer's license to practice medicine in the State of Indiana has been indefinitely suspended.
Of particular note, the board's demeanor seemed to change upon Klopfer's admission of not reporting a 10-year-old abortion patient to authorities, even though her parents informed Klopfer she was pregnant due to rape by a family member. Klopfer's stance that he does not judge seemed to stun the board, as several members admonished him for not realizing the seriousness of his inaction.
After 43 years of performing abortions and numerous complaints filed against Klopfer by consumers, the Department of Health, and advocacy groups, Attorney General Greg Zoeller's office filed complaints with the Indiana Medical Licensing Board, recommending that disciplinary action be taken against Klopfer's medical license.
At the final hearing regarding this complaint on Thursday, the Board found Klopfer to be guilty of 5 out of the 9 allegations brought before them by the Attorney General's Office. Among these, Klopfer was accused of the following:
• Failing to timely report--within three days as required by law-- abortions performed on 13-year old girls
• Failing to keep up with proper professional and medical competency standards
• Failing to obtain informed and voluntary consent for seven patients at least 18 hours prior to the abortion procedure
• Not having qualified staff on hand to monitor anesthesia
• Submitting over 1,800 Termination of Pregnancy Reports with omissions or errors
Although Klopfer's ACLU attorney Mary Watts attempted to spin the argument as a trivial matter of semantics on paperwork and documentation, Deputy Attorney General Renee Gallagher led the way for the State in arguing that Klopfer's incompetencies and neglectful standards of care make him unfit to practice as a physician.
After a full day of intense litigation, the Indiana Medical Licensing Board came to a decision just after 2 am on Friday morning. The Board voted to suspend Klopfer's license indefinitely with a minimum of 6 months time set. Should he decide to request that his license be reinstated after that time, he will first have to complete many hours of training in CME (Continuing Medical Education), including OB/GYN, abortion, reporting, and ethics practice. Additionally, he is being required to pay approximately $3,000 in total fines for the violations, plus Attorney General's Office and Indiana Professional Licensing Agency fees.
Although it is unlikely that Klopfer will be able to comply with all of the Board's orders, Klopfer is on the record during the hearing prior to ruling saying that if he were to receive his medical license, he intended to reopen abortion facilities and resume practice.