South Bend doctor charged with not reporting teenage abortion


Formal charges have been filed against a South Bend abortion doctor.

Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, 73, of Crete, Ill. ran abortion clinics in South Bend, Fort Wayne and Gary, and on Friday was charged with failing to report an abortion was performed in South Bend on a 13-year-old girl within three days after the abortion was performed.

That report was supposed to be made to the Indiana State Department of Health.

Klopfer already faces a January 2015 trial date for a similar charge out of Lake County.

He was charged in January in Lake County with a misdemeanor count of failing to timely file a public report. Prosecutors say he didn't report to Indiana officials within three days that he performed an abortion on a 13-year-old girl in Gary.

Last fall, Right to Life groups in South Bend, Gary and Fort Wayne filed complaints with local prosecutors and Indiana's Attorney General. They say Klopfer left important information off state forms and waited too long to report abortions on three 13-year-olds (one in each of the three cities).

In a complaint submitted to the Indiana State Department of Health, the St. Joseph County Right to Life president said he believes Klopfer was not following an Indiana law that requires him to have a back up doctor in St. Joseph County or an adjacent county. The purpose of that doctor is to cover Klopfer when he's at his home in Illinois and unable to help patients who might run into trouble after a procedure.

Indiana's Medical Licensing Board has asked the Attorney General to investigate.

"This was someone unique," Zoeller said of the board asking his office to investigate specific allegations against Klopfer.

Klopfer has a hearing set for July 18 in St. Joseph County.