Thousands Of Fetal Remains, Found After Abortion Provider’s Death, Buried In Indiana (February 12, 2020; South Bend, Indiana)
The remains of 2,411 fetuses found in Illinois last year after the death of a former abortion provider have been buried, but authorities say they’re no closer to knowing why the doctor had been keeping them.
The remains were buried together in a donated plot on Wednesday afternoon following a graveside service in South Bend, Ind. They were found last year after the death of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, who had worked as an abortion provider at three clinics in Indiana.
Klopfer was living in Illinois when he died in September at age 79. Soon afterward, officials discovered the remains in his home and vehicle. Officials say they date back to the years from 2000 to 2003.
Indiana’s Republican Attorney General, Curtis Hill, who’s been leading an investigation into the matter, presided over the memorial service.
“While it would have been preferable to return the remains to each city where the procedure took place, that was not possible, due to the degradation of the remains, and the unreliability of the records,” Hill told onlookers.
Hill noted that an Indiana law passed in 2016 — long after the procedures in question — requires the burial or cremation of fetal remains resulting from an abortion. The law was signed by then-Gov. Mike Pence and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court last year.