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Monday, December 08, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Misdemeanor against abortion provider to be dismissed"

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 18th and this update from Sept. 19th, headed "State files licensing action against four Indiana physicians for violations of abortion record-keeping, advice and consent laws," Amanda Gray reported this weekend in the South Bend Tribune:

SOUTH BEND — A misdemeanor charge against Dr. Ulrich "George" Klopfer, a local doctor providing abortions in St. Joseph County, could be dismissed in a year, so long as Klopfer abides by terms of a pre-trial diversion program.

Klopfer was charged with a misdemeanor for failing to timely file a state mandated terminated pregnancy report for an abortion he provided to a 13-year-old girl in South Bend in 2013. State law mandates that doctors file a terminated pregnancy report with every abortion procedure within 6 months, but law requires any abortion provided to a girl under the age of 14 be reported within 3 days. Klopfer didn't report that particular procedure for 6 months.

On Monday, a pre-trial diversion agreement was filed in the case, meaning as long as Klopfer holds to the terms of the agreement, his charge will be dismissed in Dec. 2015. Terms include paying $330 in fees and other costs, not committing any criminal offense during the yearlong agreement, perform 24 hours of community service, report to the prosecutor's office when requested and notify the prosecutor's office with seven days of any change of address.

St. Joseph County Prosecutor's office spokeswoman Jessica McBrier said the pre-trial diversion program is for individuals who don't have a criminal background and are charged with certain misdemeanors. According to the prosecutor's website, diversion is offered on a case-by-case basis and is up to the discretion of the deputy prosecutor handling the case.

Klopfer is also charged with the same misdemeanor in Lake County. The next time he will appear in court for that charge is set for Jan. 26, 2015, at a pre-trial conference hearing, according to Lake County's online records.

Klopfer's license will also be reviewed by the Indiana Medical Licensing Board in January, though a firm date hasn't been set yet.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 8, 2014 08:06 AM
Posted to Indiana Government