Gary clinic decides to close amid abortion controversy

GARY, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Department of Health says a clinic in Gary that at one time offered abortions has closed.

The Friendship Family Planning clinic made the decision to close late last month. The doctor who once performed abortions there, Dr. Ulrich “George” Klopfer, faces a misdemeanor charge of failing to timely file a public report in Lake County court. The Indiana Medical Licensing Board plans a June 25 hearing regarding the status of his medical licenses.

According to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, Klopfer’s licenses to practice in South Bend, Fort Wayne and Gary currently remain valid while they’re under review.

An agency spokesman says the possible outcomes of the hearing range from no sanction to Klopfer’s licenses being revoked.

Klopfer didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment Thursday afternoon from The (Munster) Times.

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