Doctor who performed abortion in Gary scheduled to stand trial next year

2014-06-16T18:30:00Z 2014-06-16T21:59:06Z Doctor who performed abortion in Gary scheduled to stand trial next yearElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 662-5331 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | A doctor who is accused of not properly reporting an abortion he performed on a teen girl in 2012 is scheduled to stand trial Jan. 26, 2015. 

During a hearing in Lake County Criminal Court, Judge Nicholas Schiralli scheduled Dr. Ulrich G. Klopfer's trial for next year. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Nov. 17. 

Klopfer, 73, of Crete, Ill., was charged in January with failing to timely file a public report, a Class B misdemeanor. According to court records, he is accused of not reporting to the state within three days that he performed an abortion on a 13-year-old girl Sept. 28, 2012, in Gary. 

He was not in court Monday. More than a handful of anti-abortion activists attended the hearing. Some of the activists wore T-shirts stating, "Pray to end abortion."

According to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency's website, Klopfer's medical license is valid to practice while reviewed. He practices medicine in South Bend, Fort Wayne and Gary. 

Last year, 20 Northwest Indiana women filed more than 600 consumer complaints against Klopfer, which were sent to the Lake County prosecutor's office. Some of the women are associated with the Right to Life activist group.

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