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Hundreds of complaints may be filed against local abortion practice

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 4:50 pm

A request and effort to have the practice investigated of the doctor who performs abortions in Fort Wayne was announced Monday.

Allen County Right to Life Executive Director Cathie Humbarger said 487 consumer complaint forms are being shipped to the state attorney general and the Allen County Prosecutor's Office. Each complaint contains what the organization claims are errors or omissions on the Terminated Pregnancy Reports that are required to be filed with the State Department of Health after each procedure is performed.

In a voice mail left for a reporter, Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, who performs the procedures Thursdays, said if so many things had indeed occurred, why has the state not investigated?

Saying that the potential errors or omissions "speaks volumes" about the medical practice of Klopfer, who has performed abortions locally for years, Humbarger, Dr. Peter Scaer and Mike Fichter each called on the attorney general's office to investigate Klopfer and/or suspend his medical license immediately, pending the results of a full investigation.

Scaer is the board president of Allen County Right to Life, while Fichter is the president and CEO of Indiana Right to Life.

Humbarger said in prepared remarks that Allen County Right to Life would like to meet with the Allen County Prosecutor's Office in order to request criminal charges be considered against Klopfer for failing to complete and submit the reports on time, a potential violation of state law, if true.

A voicemail seeking comment was left at Fort Wayne Women's Health Organization, 2200 Inwood Drive, where Klopfer performs the procedures. Klopfer, who reportedly lives in Illinois, performs the procedures on Thursdays.

Humbarger said that more than 3,100 errors and omissions were found on reports filed between July 2011 and June 2013. Humbarger said she filled out around 25 of the complaints herself and that 17 others combined to fill out the rest. The Terminated Pregnancy Reports are public records.

Monday's announcement comes less than a month after two other complaints were filed with the state Attorney General's office and the Indiana Medical Licensing Board. Those complaints claim that a report on an abortion performed on a 13-year-old was not filed in a timely matter, as required by state law.