Abortion clinic in St. Joseph County won't provide abortions after Friday

The only abortion clinic in St. Joseph County will not provide abortions for the foreseeable future after this week, as reported by the South Bend Tribune.

Dr. Ulrich “George” Klopfer, the doctor who performs abortions at The Women’s Pavilion in South Bend, withdrew his appeal of a motion to revoke the clinic’s license as part of an agreement with the Indiana Department of Health, according to legal documents in the case signed by Klopfer and a representative from the state department of health.

With the agreement, the state dismissed the cases with prejudice, meaning the same suit can not be filed again. Klopfer or another person affiliated with the Women’s Pavilion can reapply for an abortion clinic license after 90 days. It’s not clear if he will do so. Reapplying for the license does not guarantee that the license would be granted.

The agreement comes after the state health department moved to revoke the clinic’s license in January and in June. The clinic was allowed to stay open while Klopfer appealed. The hearing for the appeal was scheduled to begin Wednesday, Nov. 4, but was cancelled because of the agreement.

Abortion clinics that Klopfer operated in Fort Wayne and Gary have closed since December 2013.

Klopfer’s medical license is still valid, though it is under review after Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller opened an investigation against him. Zoeller opened the investigation after receiving hundreds of consumer complaints, mostly filed by St. Joseph County-area anti-abortion groups. 

The nearest abortion clinic is in Merrillville.

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