Will County officials in Illinois announced during a press conference on Thursday that the 2,246 aborted preborn children’s remains found in the home of now-deceased abortionist Ulrich Klopfer are from abortions that took place nearly two decades ago. A separate news conference was also held Thursday in Indiana regarding the searches of two closed abortion clinics once run by Klopfer.
Klopfer’s widow and her sister discovered the fetal remains shortly after his death on September 3, and were shocked by the discovery according to their attorney. The fetal remains were sealed in individual bags inside boxes. Officials said that the abortions that killed these preborn children were committed in 2000, 2001, and 2002 in Indiana where Klopfer worked as an abortionist before losing his license in 2016. He operated abortion facilities in South Bend, Fort Wayne, and Gary, Indiana for more than 40 years. The babies’ remains will be taken back to Indiana where authorities will continue to investigate.
“Over 70 cardboard boxes of various sizes contained these remains,” Will County Sheriff Mike Kelley said at the news conference. “The remains discovered were inside … small sealed plastic bags, which contained … a chemical used to preserve biological material.”
According to The Associated Press, officials in Illinois said there is no evidence that Klopfer committed any abortions in the state. He does have a history of violations in Indiana including failing to file paperwork, failing to report underage abortions, and failure to report abuse. Illinois State’s Attorney James Glasgow said during the press conference that they may investigate a statement Klopfer had previously made about committing an abortion on a 10-year-old who had been raped by her uncle. Glasgow said that if Indiana authorities learn of any information regarding the 10-year-old girl “and it’s within the statute of limitations” that Illinois authorities would “make ourselves available” to assist in that.
Authorities said the boxes were marked with years, but did not say whether the names of the mothers were on the bags. They have yet to determine Klopfer’s reasoning for keeping these fetal remains.
“It’s tough for us to even speculate what his motivation was to bring them there,” said Kelley.
Glasgow said it would be the decision of the women who had these abortions as to whether or not more information is made public down the road. Women who were patients of Klopfers are asked to contact the Indiana attorney general’s office if they want more information.
In Indiana, St. Joseph County Prosecutor Ken Cotter announced that a search warrant was served at Klopfer’s now-closed abortion facility in South Bend. Medical records were found inside, but there were no human remains. An investigation of both of his former clinics is ongoing.
“There are a number of boxes of medical records so the AG’s office will continue with that investigation,” said Cotter.
WANE-TV filmed officials searching the Fort Wayne facility. No search warrants have been issued for the facility in Gary.
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