Abortion-related complaints filed against doctors

Attorney General Greg Zoeller's office filed licensing complaints Wednesday against an Illinois doctor facing misdemeanor charges for improperly reporting abortions he performed for 13-year-olds in Indiana and against three physicians who perform abortions in Indianapolis.

The complaints ask the Indiana Medical Licensing Board to consider disciplinary action against Dr. Ulrich Klopfer of Crete, Illinois, and the others for violating abortion record-keeping and advice-and-consent laws.

Indiana law requires physicians performing abortions to submit terminated pregnancy reports to the Indiana State Department of Health for statistical purposes and to comply with the other requirements. It also requires that abortions on patients under age 14 be reported within three days to the Health Department and the Indiana Department of Child Services because sex with a girl under 14 is recognized as child molestation in Indiana.

The complaint against Klopfer alleges 1,818 counts of submitting incomplete and incorrect abortion reports, two counts of not filing abortion reports for 13-year-old patients within three days of the procedures and 13 counts of failing to ensure counselors obtained proper consent.

Klopfer, a doctor of osteopathy, faces the criminal misdemeanor charges of failing to properly report abortions on 13-year-olds in Gary and South Bend.

"The pending criminal charges brought by county prosecutors along with the sheer volume of unexplained violations by this licenseholder merits review by the Medical Licensing Board to determine whether disciplinary action is warranted for the noncompliance," Zoeller said in a statement.

A telephone message seeking comment was left for Klopfer at his home. He has said in the past that he found it "amazing" that a paperwork error could jeopardize his license.

Zoeller's office also filed administrative licensing complaints against Dr. Resad Pasic, Dr. Kathleen Glover and Dr. Raymond Robinson, all of whom perform abortions at the Clinic for Women in Indianapolis. They face no criminal charges.

The Clinic for Women declined comment on the complaints.

Each doctor remains licensed until action is taken by the licensing board. It hasn't scheduled hearings for any of the doctors.

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