The Catholic Church says a cemetery it owns and runs may be allowed to be used as a burial site for the 2,411 aborted babies that late abortionist Ulrich Klopfer kept as trophies on his property.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend said it will make its cemeteries available, though there is no word yet on whether the babies will be buried there.
The fate of the babies has been up in the air ever since the national news of their discovery. But pro-life advocates have pressed for a proper burial.
Earlier this month, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill promised to give the emains of aborted babies found in Ulrich Klopfer’s garage “the decency of a burial that they deserve.” Hill said the babies’ remains have been transferred to a safe place in Indiana as their investigation into the horrific case continues.
“Our priority throughout this process is to give proper respect to the remains of these unborn children and to the women and families associated with them,” Hill said in a statement. “We are still working through the decision-making process in regard to ultimate disposition of these remains, and we will continue to proceed with appropriate care and consideration at each step of the way. For now, we can simply let everyone know that these remains are back home in Indiana.”
Meanwhile, Noble County Right to Life is organizing the service at noon Nov. 2 at the gazebo on the west side of Bixler Lake in Kendallville.
On Tuesday, the Kendallville Board of Works approved the organization’s request to hold the event, according to the report.
“People are blind to what’s going on,” said Lucy Papaik, chairwoman of the pro-life organization. “They are blind to the fact that abortions still happen. It’s time to start talking.”
In September, authorities found 2,246 medically preserved remains of aborted babies in the former Indiana abortionist’s home in Illinois. A few weeks later, they found 165 more babies’ remains in a vehicle stored on one of his properties. 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.
The memorial service in Kendallville will include personal testimonies, music and a message from Pastor Johnny Huff of the Hilltop Baptist Church in Rome City, according to the local news.
Papaik said they hope to raise awareness and spread a message of love and compassion to mothers and children in need.
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“Our biggest thing is healing and compassion,” Papaik said.
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.
Authorities believe the babies’ bodies are from abortions performed between 2000 and 2002 in Indiana. Authorities also said they found medical records abandoned among Klopfer’s things.
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.