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Gary clinic closes amid abortion controversy

Gary clinic closes amid abortion controversy

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GARY | The Friendship Family Planning clinic closed late last month amid a mountain of controversy surrounding its practice of abortions. 

Ken Severson, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Health, said by email Thursday that the Friendship Family Planning clinic in Gary closed its doors May 27. He said the Indiana Department of Health had not moved to close the clinic, which decided to close on its own. 

The clinic's closure comes as Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, who at one time performed abortions there, faces a misdemeanor charge of failing to timely file a public report. The charge is related to an abortion he performed on a 13-year-old girl in 2012, according to court records. He is scheduled to stand trial Aug. 28. 

Last year, Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed a 1,833-count complaint against Klopfer with the Indiana Medical Licensing Board. In addition, a state inspection found the Gary clinic had deficiencies such as a water leak in the basement, foul smells in the patient care area and unqualified personnel. 

Klopfer, of Crete, had stopped performing abortions in Gary last summer because of a change in Indiana law requiring he provide proof of hospital admitting privileges. 

The activist group, Indiana Right to Life, issued a news release Thursday stating Klopfer had "surrendered" his license for the Gary clinic. The group's president, Mike Fichter, said in the prepared statement that Klopfer ran a shoddy business. 

According to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency's website, Klopfer's licenses to practice in South Bend, Fort Wayne and Gary remain valid while they are under review. 


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