Indiana Health Clinic Faces Legal Complaints After Failing to Report the Abortion of a 13-Year-Old Girl
An abortion practitioner in Fort Wayne, Ind., is facing legal complaints after failing to properly report the abortion of a 13-year-old patient.
The Allen County Right to Life (ACRTL) filed complaints with the Indiana Attorney General’s office and the Indiana Medical Licensing Board against Dr. Ulrich Klopfer of the Fort Wayne Women’s Health Organization abortion facility, reports News-Sentinel.
The Indiana Department of Public Health requires that reports be sent within three days of the procedure. Failure to report is punishable with a Class B misdemeanor.
The 13-year-old’s procedure took place on Feb. 7. The Department of Health did not receive a report until July 25.
The age of the patient surfaced as ACRTL director Cathie Humbarger reviewed publicly-available terminated pregnancy reports from the state health department, says Life-News.
“It’s heartbreaking to learn that a 13-year-old became pregnant and now must live with the pain of an abortion for the rest of her life,” Humbarger said in a statement. “But it’s doubly-heartbreaking that Dr. Klopfer’s failure to report the abortion may have allowed the girl’s molester to walk free.”
“In Indiana, sex with a person under 14 is recognized as child molesting, regardless of the male’s age,” she added. “No 13-year-old should have their childhood ripped out from under them like this young girl had.”
Mike Fichter, president and CEO of Indiana Right to Life, also commented on the doctor’s negligence.
“Klopfer’s failure to report this abortion raises serious red flags about his abortion business,” said Fichter. “If he fails to send in a one-page form when he does an abortion on a 13-year-old, how can anyone know if he is following state abortion law in other areas such as informed consent, facility standards and appropriately determining the age of the baby before he aborts him or her?”
Abortions performed on girls younger than 14 has been a controversial issue in Indiana for years, News-Sentinel reports. In 2005, then-Attorney General Steve Carter asked Planned Parenthood clinics for documents that might help identify men who had committed sexual crimes. Although Carter promised to keep the girls’ names confidential, the clinics refused to provide these documents, and instead sued the state on the grounds of privacy.