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Dr. Ulrich Klopfer died September 3. After his death, an attorney for his family summoned the Will County Sheriff to his rural home south of Chicago. You see, Dr. Klopfer had amassed an interesting collection: Two thousand, two hundred forty-six fetal remains.
Klopfer performed abortions in Fort Wayne, Gary, and South Bend, IN. In 2015, he was brought before the Indiana State Medical Board for violations at the Fort Wayne and South Bend clinics. During the proceedings, he admitted that he had performed an abortion on a ten-year-old girl who, he said, had been raped by her uncle. He also stated that he had performed abortions on 13- and 14-year-olds. He said he was unaware that he needed to report the incidents to police. After all, just because a girl comes in for an abortion doesn’t mean she was abused. Said Klopfer:
If I have a child, 13 or 14, coming to the clinic for an abortion with their mother or father or both, it doesn’t mean in each and every case it’s child abuse.
Klopfer’s Gary clinic was closed previously, but violations at the Fort Wayne and South Bend clinics included what may at this point seem commonplace, including expired medicines, non-existent paperwork or disinfection protocols, a defibrillator that was not maintained and a failure to provide counseling or information to women at the clinics.
His punishment from the state medical board called for providing 20 hours of OBGYN services, including ten hours of abortion services, and payment of a $3,005 fine.
At that Board hearing,
Linda Plummer, an ISDH Public Health Nurse Surveyor, testified about her experiences surveying the Fort Wayne and South Bend clinics. In June 2015, Plummer surveyed the Women’s Pavilion and found issues regarding the wait period for medical abortions and consent forms.
At the Fort Wayne clinic, she found these alleged violations: the defibrillator was not properly maintained with preventative maintenance, expired medications in the emergency drug kit, no log of cleaning rooms, and no procedures in place regarding disinfecting.
Plummer described Klopfer’s demeanor as “blunt” and “abrupt” as the ISDH completed the survey on site in 2015 at the Women’s Pavilion.
Klopfer testified several times at the hearing. As he stated his credentials and experience he said the following,
When I take care of patients, they go home safe and healthy. I didn’t say happy, I said safe and healthy.
Thousands of abortions, carefully preserved. Just a local crime story.