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Fort Wayne abortion doctor loses backup, groups say

Fort Wayne could be without a legally practicing abortion doctor come the first of the year.

Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, who is currently under fire over his handling of abortions involving several 13-year-old girls, is apparently losing his "back-up" doctor, according to Indiana Right to Life and Allen County Right to Life.

The two groups on Thursday released a letter from Dr. Geoffrey Cly.

For more than three years, Cly has been what state law calls a "Physician Designee" for Kloper.

While Klopfer performs abortions in Fort Wayne, he is based out of Illinois.

Allen County law requires that abortion doctors have admitting privileges at a local hospital or have entered into an agreement with a physician at a local hospital.

This was put in place so any patients who might have complications from an abortion procedure could be treated at a hospital.

In the letter from to Klopfer, Cly announced that he's severing his partnership with the abortion doctor on Dec. 31.

Cly described himself as a pro-life OB/Gyn physician in the letter, and said his willingness to serve as Klopfer's back-up doctor was because "well-being and safety is of the utmost importance to me."

Cly further states in the letter that his decision to terminate his partnership with Klopfer stems from an article in the South Bend Tribune that listed three abortions Klopfer failed to properly report to both the Indiana State Department of Health and the Department of Child Services.

These abortions involved girls younger than 14 years old.

This past September, the two Right to Life groups that released Cly's letter filed complaints against Klopfer for performing an abortion on a 13-year-old girl in Fort Wayne and failing to report it properly.

Last week Klopfer, who has applied to have his license to practice medicine in Indiana renewed, was asked to appear before the state's Medical Licensing Board.

Board members want to speak to him about those accusations he did not properly report some abortions, a spokeswoman for the board said at the time.

Without a back up doctor, Klopfer will not be able to legally perform abortions in Allen County.

jeffwiehe@jg.net

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