Authorities found 165 more bodies of aborted babies on late Indiana abortionist Ulrich Klopfer’s property this week, state Attorney General Curtis Hill said Thursday.
ABC 57 reports the body count now is up to 2,411, including the aborted babies found last month in Klopfer’s garage.
In September, authorities found 2,246 medically preserved remains of aborted babies in the abortionist’s home in Illinois. Klopfer’s family reported finding the remains shortly after he died Sept. 3. Indiana and Illinois authorities have been working together to investigate the gruesome discovery.
Earlier this week, the abortionist’s family contacted the Will County Sheriff’s Office in Illinois after finding more bodies on a property that Klopfer owned in Dolton, Illinois, according to the News-Sentinel.
“This is uncharted territory for all of us,” Hill said in a statement. “We are following the same protocol for these additional 165 fetal remains that we have already established. We remain committed to ensuring that all these unborn children receive a respectful final disposition here in Indiana.”
Authorities believe the additional babies’ bodies are from abortions performed in 2002 in Indiana.
According to the Will County Sheriff’s Office, investigators found the bodies on a business property that Klopfer owned in Dolton. They said the abortionist stored eight vehicles there in an outdoor gated lot, and the babies’ bodies were in stored in the trunk of a late 1990s Mercedes Benz.
The sheriff said the babies’ remains were “preserved, packaged and marked” similarly to the remains found earlier in Klopfer’s home.
Last week, Hill said they still have a lot of questions and decisions to make in the unusual case, but he promised that the babies will be “given the decency of a burial that they deserve,” the AP reported.
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“Imagine, if you will, if we discovered 2,246 remains of adults who were deceased in some sort of preservation fluid,” Hill said, according to Fox 59. “We would be freaking out.”
Authorities also said they found medical records abandoned among Klopfer’s things.
Several women have come forward asking if their aborted babies are among those that Klopfer kept in his garage. Authorities encouraged any former patients to call a special hotline set up for the investigation: 317-234-6663. People also may email [email protected].
Klopfer worked as an abortionist for decades in South Bend, Gary and Fort Wayne, Indiana. However, the state revoked his license in 2016 for failing to report the rape of a 13-year-old patient and other health violations.
A doctor who knew Klopfer speculated that he kept the babies’ remains as some sort of gristly trophy.
Pro-life leaders expressed shock and horror at the new discovery.
“Each additional revelation of Ulrich Klopfer’s depravity is a stark reminder that the abortion industry profits from the destruction of unborn children and exploitation of vulnerable women on a similar scale every day,” said Sue Swayze Liebel, the state policy director for the Susan B. Anthony List and an Indiana native.
She praised federal lawmakers for introducing a bill to ensure that nothing like this happens again. U.S. Sen. Mike Braun’s Dignity for Aborted Children Act would require abortion facilities to bury or cremate the remains of aborted babies.