Both charges were because Ulrich did not follow Indiana state law which requires that notice of abortions to girls under age 14 be filed promptly with the Indiana Department of Health and Child Protective Services –within three days. Indiana law specifies that sexual activity of a 13-year-old or younger, regardless of the perpetrator’s age, is child molestation.
But both the St. Joseph County prosecutor earlier, and the Lake County prosecutor yesterday, dismissed the charge because Ulrich had satisfied the terms of a pre-trial diversion program.
“Dr. Klopfer’s failure to report abortions on young girls in a timely fashion may have allowed the child molestation to continue,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “It’s appalling that he put young girls at serious risk and he received nothing more than a slap on the wrist from the county prosecutors. Our legal system failed these young girls.”
According to Indiana Right to Life, Klopfer ran abortion facilities in South Bend, Gary, and Fort Wayne for decades. Legal troubles and failure to comply with local and state laws have forced Klopfer to stop doing abortions in all three cities. However, his Fort Wayne and South Bend facilities remain open for non-abortion services.
Next March Klopfer will face the Indiana Medical Licensing Board over 1,833 alleged violations filed against him by the Office of Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller. The Medical Licensing Board could strip Klopfer of his medical license or take other disciplinary action against him.
LifeNews.com Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News and an author and editor of several books on abortion topics. This post originally appeared in at National Right to Life News Today —- an online column on pro-life issues.