Indiana Doctors Allegedly Failed To Report Abortions

Posted: Jun 20, 2018 11:30 AM
Indiana Doctors Allegedly Failed To Report Abortions

Forty-eight complaints have been filed against nine Indiana doctors for failing to report abortions. Indiana law requires that abortions on girls under the age of 16 be reported within three days of the abortion so that authorities can investigate any possibility of child sex abuse. 

According to a press release from Indiana Right to Life, pro-life activists are holding five news conferences throughout Indiana.  

8:30 a.m. EDT - Monroe County Courthouse, Bloomington, Ind. 

9 a.m. EDT - outside of Lafayette Planned Parenthood 

11:00 a.m. EDT - in the North Atrium of the State Capitol Building, Indianapolis 

12:00 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. CDT - outside Merrillville Planned Parenthood 

2:30 p.m. EDT - easement across from Whole Woman's Health in South Bend

The complaints are aimed at Jeffrey Glazer, Caitlin Bernard, Cassandra Cashman, Carol Dellinger, Mandy Gittler, Kathleen Glover, Martin Haskell, Resad Pasic and Sarah Turner, according to the press release. 

The doctors are employed at all licensed Indiana abortion facilities, including Women's Med Center in Indianapolis, Clinic for Women in Indianapolis, and Planned Parenthood in Indianapolis, Lafayette, Bloomington and Merrillville.

Some of the unreported abortions were on girls as young as 12 and 13, starting on July 1, 2017. Complaints were filed with Indiana AG Curtis Hill and Indiana State DOH. The Marion, Lake, Tippecanoe and Monroe county prosecutors have also been notified.

One doctor in particular poses a concern to pro-life activists. Jeffrey Galzer has 11 complaints filed against him, including one for not notifying DCS of an abortion performed on a 12-year-old girl. Furthermore Glazer was recently listed as the medical director of Whole Women’s Health Alliance a proposed abortion facility in South Bend, Indiana.  The state denied their license application, citing "poor character and integrity of that company." 

In 2017, Indiana lawmakers clarified state reporting requirements, requiring abortionists to report abortions on girls under the age of 16 “to ISDH and DCS within three days of the abortion." Before July 1, 2017, Indiana state law required reporting of all abortions on girls under the age of 14. 

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Additionally, two complaints have been filed against Lafayette’s Planned Parenthood for reporting surgical abortions, when Lafayette is only licensed to do chemical abortions. 

"In the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp, we're demanding answers and action. The 48 complaints represent a widespread problem throughout Indiana's abortion industry. These nine abortion doctors must be held accountable. Their alleged negligence has further victimized the children suffering at the hands of their perpetrators. We call on the Indiana Medical Licensing Board, the Indiana State Department of Health and local prosecutors to take appropriate action against these abortion doctors, including review of their medical licenses and fines for each non-report. Possible cover-up of child sexual abuse cannot be tolerated. An immediate suspension of licenses for abortion facilities may be in order pending a complete investigation," Cathie Humbarger, Vice President of Policy Enforcement for Indiana Right to Life.