South Bend Rejects License for New Abortion Mill

by Rodney Pelletier  •  •  January 11, 2018   

Pro-lifers help keep abortion mill out of city

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. ( - Due to pro-life efforts, Indiana health authorities are denying an abortion mill chain a move into South Bend, keeping the city abortion-free.

On January 10, Whole Women's Health Alliance (WWHA), a Texas abortion provider with eight abortion mills throughout the United States, had been refused a license by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) because it had "failed to disclose, concealed or omitted information" from state medical officials.

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A press release for Hoosiers for Life commented that WWHA "has an interest in establishing abortion centers in low-income, minority communities" and has a history of using dirty medical instruments, expired drugs and having filthy facilities.

The state health commissioner denied a license to the organization, noting WWHA "failed to disclose, concealed or omitted information" regarding the other abortion mills it runs.

A complaint filed by Catholic attorney Sean Sullivan on behalf of several pro-life organizations, including the Life Center of South Bend, Hoosiers for Life and the Apostolate of Divine Mercy in Service of Life, Marriage and the Family. It also includes "the abortion mothers who were denied their informed consent due to the ISDH's failure to properly regulate the Women's Pavilion in South Bend."

It went on to note it would cost state residents hundreds of thousands of dollars to ensure WWHA facilities cooperated with ISDH medical codes:

It stands to reason then that the concerns of the elected officials, the Northern Indiana pro-life community filling the needs of pregnant mothers, the medical community in South Bend have legitimate concerns about the "reputation" of WWHA and that reputation cannot be sufficiently rehabilitated with so much water under the bridge.

The last abortion mill in South Bend, the Women's Pavilion, was closed in March 2016 due to the concerted efforts of pro-life organizations.

In August 2016, the Indiana medical board yanked the medical license of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, the abortionist who operated Women's Pavilion and had nearly 10 years of complaints, including the accusation that he did not report the rape of two 13-year-old girls.

Klopfer admitted he neglected to inform the state about abortions performed on girls under the age of 14 — a misdemeanor with up to six months in prison and a fine of $1,000 per infraction. He also admitted regularly referring girls to abortion mills in other states like Ohio or Illinois that don't have mandatory reporting laws.

Between 2011–2013, Klopfer had more than 1,200 complaints filed against him by patients. Pro-life investigators found 1,494 errors in the paperwork he submitted to the state, showing he filed false or misleading reports on behalf of patients.

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