Last Abortion Mill in Northeastern Indiana Closes its Doors

News: Life and Family
by Rodney Pelletier  •  •  March 14, 2016   

Abortionist has more than 1,200 patient complaints

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SOUTH BEND ( - On Friday, Northeastern Indiana will be abortion-free. The last abortion mill in South Bend is closing its doors for good.

Pro-Choice South Bend is announcing the closure of the Women's Pavilion on March 18. The facility and its abortionist, Ulrich Klopfer, have been mired in controversy for almost a decade.

As reported earlier, Klopfer, has been refusing to cooperate with Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) standards for nearly 10 years. But the ISDH has been slow to sanction Klopfer for his actions — even when Klopfer himself has admitted he broke the rules.

Klopfer conceded 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. Admitting to two situations, he called it "an honest mistake." State law mandates that the Department of Health and the Department of Child Services be told within three days of an abortion on a child under 14 years old because of the increased likelihood the pregnancy happened because of sexual abuse.

Klopfer also admitted regularly referring girls to abortion mills in other states like Ohio or Illinois that don't have mandatory reporting laws.

It's also been found that between 2011 and 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 clients.

In February, documents from October 2015 were uncovered, charging Women's Pavilion workers with sexually harassing health inspectors when they came to inspect the facility. The charge was dropped at the request of the Women's Pavilion legal team, and the person filing the complaint was directed by his lawyer that he cannot testify regarding the sexual harassment claim.

But since late last year things are catching up with Klopfer, and after almost 10 years the state has directed that his license be revoked. In November he was suspended for 90 days from performing abortions.

The Life Center (TLC) is responsible for the public release of documents showing Klopfer and Women's Pavilion employees consistently disregarding medical safety protocols. Since 2012, their efforts have led to the closure of five area abortion mills, with Women's Pavilion now being the sixth.

In October 2012, TLC moved into the suite next to the abortion mill, and since 2013 have had permission by South Bend bishop Kevin Rhoades to retain the Blessed Sacrament in a tabernacle. Since then people have been praying to the Blessed Sacrament right next door to the abortion mill.

Shawn Sullivan, a lawyer and the director of TLC, has spoken to and is attributing the closure of the Women's Pavilion and other area abortion mills to the presence of the Blessed Sacrament and the work of TLC members.

He is promising TLC will continue "vigorously working all legal channels to obtain the revocation of [Klopfer's] medical license and the permanent closure of this clinic," and "we will run Novenas focused on the demise of this particular abortuary and justice being served on Dr. Klopfer."


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