Consumer complaints filed against Gary abortion doctor

2013-12-03T19:00:00Z 2013-12-03T21:28:21Z Consumer complaints filed against Gary abortion doctorVanessa Renderman vanessa.renderman@nwi.com, (219) 933-3244 nwitimes.com

GARY | More than 600 consumer complaints were filed Tuesday against a doctor who performs abortions at a Gary clinic.

Complaints were sent to Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter's office and filed with the state attorney general's office.

Carter confirmed a box of complaints against Dr. Ulrich Klopfer was delivered to his office Tuesday. His office will review the complaints and determine whether to pursue criminal charges, Carter said. 

Twenty local women, some of whom are affiliated with the anti-abortion group Right to Life, filed 626 consumer complaints accusing Klopfer of errors and omissions on terminated pregnancy reports he submitted to the Indiana State Department of Health for abortions done between July 2011 and June 2013.

"These errors and omissions on the reports we reviewed are inexcusable," said Mike Fichter, president and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. "We urge the attorney general, the medical licensing board and the Lake County prosecutor to address these 626 complaints immediately. Businesses across Indiana are held to state laws in their respective fields, and we believe the abortion industry should be held accountable as well."

Members of Indiana Right to Life and its Lake County chapter gathered for a news conference Tuesday in the parking lot of Gary Christian Center, which sits kitty corner to Friendship Family Planning, 3700 Broadway, where Klopfer works.

The Indiana State Department of Health website shows Klopfer also practices in South Bend and Fort Wayne. Klopfer is the target of the complaints.

Fichter said the organization is reviewing terminated pregnancy reports from around the state.

In October, 17 women filed nearly 500 complaints against Klopfer for improper reports submitted on abortions performed in Allen County.

The complaint forms submitted Tuesday request the immediate suspension of Klopfer's medical license, pending a full investigation. 

"Terminated pregnancy reports are an important accountability measure for client health and safety," said Lynne Scherschel, board member for Lake County Right to Life. "All the errors and omissions are concerning, but especially alarming are omissions like whether or not an examination was done to be sure the abortion was complete."

The Times was unable to reach Klopfer for comment. His answering service said he left work early Tuesday and could contact him only for medical emergencies. A message left with what is believed to be his Illinois residence was not returned Tuesday. 

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