By Cheryl Sullenger
Indianapolis, Indiana – It started with a simple request for public records and has so far led to criminal charges in two counties Indiana Counties and allegations of negligence brought by the State Attorney General’s office against four abortionists.
And it’s not over yet.
“It is possible that at least one abortionist could lose his medical license and three others could face stiff discipline in the form of suspension and fines,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, who consulted with Indiana Right to Life as they sought abortion information that Indiana law requires abortionists to file twice a year.
“The work that Indiana Right to Life put into combing through the thousands of records they received and the discovery of over 1,800 violations of the reporting law exceeded every expectation. There was a suspicion that abortionists were not in full compliance, but what those records revealed was that the abortion cartel’s contempt for the law is systemic – and dangerous.”
Operation Rescue has obtained the four Administrative Complaints that were the subject of last week’s announcement by Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office that show a disregard for the law by Indiana abortion providers that the Attorney General says rises to the level of professional negligence.
The new documents further reveal that information was withheld that could have pampered law enforcement investigations into possible incidents of child sex abuse and rape.
A total of 2,646 Termination of Pregnancy Reports (TPRs) were evaluated by the Indiana Attorney General’s office, related to abortions that took place from 2012-2014. Each complaint contained forms that documented violations for each TPR examined.
The four abortionists involved included:
• Ulrich Klopfer, an Indiana-based abortionist who conducted 1,818 abortions at three abortion facilities in South Bend, Gary, and a now-closed Fort Wayne location.
• Raymond E. Robinson, a South Carolina-based abortionist who conducted 566 abortions at Clinic for Women in Indianapolis.
• Resad Pasic, a Kentucky-based abortionist who conducted 132 abortions at Clinic for Women in Indianapolis.
• Kathleen Glover, an Ohio-based abortionist who conducted 130 abortions at Clinic for Women in Indianapolis.
Klopfer, by far the worst offender, was responsible for omitting or misreporting information in 7,224 fields, an average of four violations per TPR form.
According to his complaint, Klopfer failed to report an abortion on two 13-year-old girls within 3 days of their abortions as required by law. Instead, he waited 116 days in one case and 206 days in the second case to report the abortions, which were important evidence that the minor girls were the victims of sex abuse. By failing to report these incidents in a timely manner, Klopfer placed the girls at risk of continued abuse.
To further hamper any attempt to investigate suspected sex abuse, Klopfer failed to report required information about the father involved in every case of abortion reported, including the cases involving the two 13-year olds.
In some cases, Klopfer used forms with preprinted “Unknown” responses in the fields where the father’s name and age are required, but he eventually stopped filling in the fields altogether.
“There can be no doubt that Klopfer intentionally concealed information that could have prevented authorities from finding out about potential incidents of child abuse and who the perpetrator might be,” said Newman. “This was blatant enabling of child sex abuse. He might as well have put up a sign on his offices that said, ‘We protect child rapists here.’”
In fact, two Indiana counties, Lake and St. Joseph, have criminally charged Klopfer for failure to report abortions on his 13-year old patients.
But the violations didn’t end there.
For seven Klopfer patients, informed consent forms were signed by patients on the same day as the abortion procedure, violating the 18-hour mandatory waiting period in Indiana.
In six cases where Klopfer conducted the abortions, nurses performed pre-abortion counseling, which the law requires the abortionist to do.
In 1,816 cases or 99.9% of all TPRs, Klopfer failed to report estimated age of the pre-born baby, making it impossible to tell if the abortions were done under the legal limits in Indiana.
Klopfer failed to report dates of prior abortions and miscarriages in 601 cases, or 33% of the time. He also omitted pathology results in 672 cases representing 33% of all abortions done by him. He also recorded no date of last menstrual cycle for 495 women, or 27.2% of his abortion cases.
Overall, Klopfer showed a complete disregard for reporting requirements.
The three other abortionists who were subject of complaints for failing to properly report abortions are all work at the Clinic for Women in Indianapolis.
In each of the TPRs filed by Robinson, Pasic, and Glover, none were filed in a timely manner. One report was nearly two years overdue while 143 abortions were 330 days late. The three abortionists reported 397 abortions 146 days late. Seven TPRs recorded no date of abortion.
Numerous other violations were committed by Clinic for Women’s three abortionists as illustrated in a chart prepared by Operation Rescue.
All four abortionists were charged with professional incompetence and seeks to have them pay the costs of the prosecution.
“Respondent is unfit to practice due to professional incompetence as he continues to engage in a pattern of conduct which demonstrates an inability to exercise reasonable care and diligence as is normally exercised by practitioners in the same or similar circumstances,” stated Klopfer’s complaint. Robinson, Pasic, and Glover’s complaints contained similar language.
Reporting requirements are more than just busy-work for abortionists,” said Newman. “They hold abortionists accountable for following the laws for informed consent, waiting periods, late-term abortion limits, and mandatory reporting of suspected child sex abuse.”
Reporting laws also provide a layer of protection for women who might be the victims of illegal abortion practices.
“When abortion supporters criticize abortion reporting laws, they are telegraphing their belief that women don’t deserve those protections and that the laws mean nothing to them. That creates a dangerous atmosphere for women during one of the most vulnerable times of their lives,” said Newman. “The fact that these complaints have been brought and that the abortionists involved face Board discipline and even criminal charges shows that the reporting laws are working as they were intended — but only because the violations were brought to the attention of the authorities by pro-life groups. This really shows the responsibility we all have to be vigilant and ensure that pro-life laws are not only passed, but are also enforced.”