The stays of greater than 2,000 fetal remains that have been found within the Illinois dwelling of one of many Midwest’s most prolific abortion medical doctors obtained a mass burial Wednesday at a cemetery in Indiana.
Indiana Legal professional Normal Curtis Hill, a Republican, spoke after the burial at Southlawn Cemetery in South Bend, telling a crowd that the stays’ discovery was “horrifying to anybody with regular sensibilities.”
Wednesday’s service got here 5 months after kinfolk sorting by way of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer’s belongings following his Sept. three demise got here throughout 2,246 units of preserved fetal stays stacked flooring to ceiling in his storage in a suburb of Chicago. 165 extra have been later present in a trunk of a automobile at a Chicago-area enterprise the place Klopfer saved autos.
Hill stated the fetal stays resulted from abortions Klopfer had carried out at his Indiana clinics within the early 2000s however had “ghoulishly packed up and saved away in his storage” and “callously discarded within the trunk of his automobile for practically twenty years.”
“The stunning discovery of two,411 medically preserved fetal stays in Illinois, left in a storage and within the trunk of a automobile, was horrifying to anybody with regular sensibilities,” Hill stated, including that the stays had now obtained “an acceptable resting place.”
Following the service, lots of those that gathered on the cemetery prayed, sang songs and listened to remarks by anti-abortion activists, the South Bend Tribune reported.
Klopfer, who was 79, carried out tens of hundreds of abortions over 40 years, primarily in Indiana — a state with a number of the nation’s hardest anti-abortion legal guidelines — and was typically as the one abortion physician serving South Bend, Gary and Fort Wayne. He was a reviled determine amongst anti-abortion activists, who held weekly demonstrations exterior his now-shuttered clinics.
Klopfer’s medical license was suspended in 2016 by Indiana regulators who cited shoddy report maintaining and substandard affected person monitoring. Klopfer alleged that conservative state officers have been in cahoots with anti-abortion teams to shut him down.
Hill stated in a message posted on his workplace’s Fb web page together with a video of his remarks that the stays “have been senselessly hoarded by Dr. Ulrich Klopfer after he carried out the abortions.”
Hill’s workplace continues to research the fetal stays, after releasing a preliminary report in December on the invention of the stays in Illinois and hundreds of deserted affected person medical data discovered at Klopfer’s former Indiana clinics and different properties.
The Related Press contributed to this report.