- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Longtime abortion provider Dr. Ulrich Klopfer has stopped his appeal of a state health department motion to revoke his South Bend clinic’s license.

Klopfer has agreed to drop his appeal under the terms of a settlement agreement reached Monday with the Indiana State Department of Health. Klopfer had been set for a hearing on his appeal beginning Wednesday in Indianapolis.

Indiana State Department of Health spokesman Ken Severson told WSBT-TV in a written statement that the Women’s Pavilion must stop performing abortions at the close of business Friday. The clinic was allowed to continue operating during the appeals process.

Under the settlement, Klopfer and affiliates of the Women’s Pavilion cannot apply for an abortion clinic license for 90 days. It’s unclear whether Klopfer will file for a new license after that time period, the South Bend Tribune reports.

The Indiana State Department of Health previously issued complaints against the clinic, accusing it of lacking a registry of patients, policies regarding medical abortion, and a governing body to determine policies. The health department has also accused the clinic have failing to document that patients get state-mandated education at least 18 hours before an abortion.

The newspaper says a message left for Klopfer at the clinic was not immediately returned. He has previously defended his practice, and said that providers of abortions are being unfairly targeted.

The Indiana Attorney General’s Office filed a complaint last year accusing Klopfer of submitting incomplete and incorrect abortion reports, not filing reports for 13-year-old patients within three days of procedures, and of failing to ensure counselors got proper consent. The Indiana Medical Licensing Board dismissed Klopfer’s motion to throw out the case in June.

Klopfer’s attorney, Mary Watts, told the board that he didn’t “knowingly” violate state abortion statues. His medical licenses are still valid while the case is under review.

A Gary clinic where Klopfer performed abortions closed in May, according to the state health department. He also no longer provides abortions at a clinic in Fort Wayne.

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Information from: South Bend Tribune, https://www.southbendtribune.com


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