CRETE Illinois – The discovery of the remains of 2,264 aborted babies in a Crete Illinois residence this week created interest in the history of Ulrich Klopfer, the abortionist who reportedly lived there up until his death on September 3, 2019.
Klopfer began doing abortions shortly after the Roe vs Wade decision legalized abortion in 1973. At one time, was licensed to perform abortions in Gary, Fort Wayne and South Bend Indiana. One by one, the state closed up the clinics, citing numerous health code violations and professional complaints.
Problems were recorded as early as 2013 at the Fort Wayne clinic, when Klopfer failed to report a statutory rape after performing an abortion on a 13 year old. The complaint was filed by the Allen County Right to Life group:
In 2015, Klopfer's Friendship Family Planning clinic in Gary, Indiana closed when a back-up physician allowing local hospital access terminated ties with Klopfer. The doctors' professional relationship soured reportedly after a local prolife group filed a complaint with the Indiana Health Department on Klopfer delaying to report an abortion he performed on a 13-year-old girl in 2012.
According to a 2015 NWITimes.com report, a year earlier [then-Indiana] Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed a 1,833-count complaint against Klopfer with the Indiana Medical Licensing Board. A state inspection also found the Gary clinic had deficiencies such as a water leak in the basement, foul smells in the patient care area and unqualified personnel.
In 2016, Klopfer temporarily lost his license to practice medicine in Indiana and his Women's Pavilion clinic there closed down shortly thereafter. During a hearing on charges that led to him losing his license, Klopfer "spoke of a 10-year-old girl raped by her uncle who he performed an abortion on in an Illinois hospital but didn't notify police about the child abuse," and let her go home with her parents, who did not report the abuse.
The paper called him "likely Indiana's most prolific abortion doctor in history," saying he had performed tens of thousands of procedures.
Klopfer defended his practice to the media, telling The Tribune in 2013 and 2015 that attempts to close his office were due to an anti-abortion agenda. "If I had an agenda," Klopfer said, "and I went to inspect a hospital and spent two or three days there, do you think I couldn't find errors or mistakes?"