Before Indiana abortionist Ulrich Klopfer died, a Indiana pro-life advocate wanted to be sure that he knew about the forgiveness of Christ.
The Rev. Dan Scheidt of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Fort Wayne recently shared the story of that local pro-lifer’s outreach with the Catholic News Agency.
For years, he said a parishioner from his church stood outside of Klopfer’s local abortion facility, hoping to witness to him about the power of God’s love and forgiveness.
Klopfer died in early September. A short time later, 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. The gruesome discoveries attracted national news coverage, and Indiana authorities are investigating.
Across several decades, Klopfer aborted approximately 30,000 unborn babies in South Bend, Gary and Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 2016, the state revoked his license for failing to report the rape of a 13-year-old patient and other health violations.
Scheidt said one of his parishioners was a regular sidewalk counselor who got to know Klopfer; and they eventually became friends.
“Even after his [medical] license was taken away from the state, George Klopfer kept returning to his closed clinic so that he could get out of his car and sit in the passenger seat of the Saint Vincent’s parishioner’s car and talk to his friend. Every single Thursday, George Klopfer drove from Chicago to be with his friend,” Scheidt said.
The priest said he also met the abortionist twice because of the parishioner’s outreach.
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“Twice I sat next to that man, who is responsible for the ending of over 30,000 human lives,” Scheidt said. “It became clear in our conversation that we were his only friends. It’s what prompted him to drive the distance and want to meet with the priest.”
Not long before Klopfer died, Scheidt said the parishioner met with him and shared the love of Christ.
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Before Klopfer passed away, the priest said, the Catholic parishioner believed he saw the abortion doctor undergo a change of heart. At the time of their last meeting, the parishioner had challenged Klopfer, saying, “George, it’s not too late. You are like the thief on the cross next to Jesus. You belong to Jesus, George, accept that, even in the last hour, accept that.”
“The parishioner, who so many times left the Thursday meeting with frustration at the progress, he left that meeting believing that he’d actually reached George’s heart,” Scheidt said, emphasizing that God alone knows the condition of Klopfer’s soul at the moment of his death.
No one is beyond hope, Scheidt said. He urged his parishioners to recognize that God created every human being in His image, including abortionists like Klopfer, and that they, too, can be saved.
“God possesses the ability to transform and to heal human life,” he said. “This is our story and Jesus has given us everything, everything, for us to be part of the happy ending.”
Many people have left the abortion industry after a change of heart, perhaps the most famous being Abby Johnson. Honored as a model employee by Planned Parenthood, Johnson left her job after watching an unborn baby struggle for its life on an ultrasound screen. Now, she runs a ministry called And Then There Were None to help other abortion workers quit.
There are many other stories like hers. Dr. Anthony Levatino is a former abortionist who now uses his medical expertise to protect unborn babies. And Monica Cline is a former Planned Parenthood volunteer educator who taught sex education to students and young adults – until she realized that the abortion chain was using sex ed “to groom children” for risky sex and abortions. Now, she speaks out publicly against Planned Parenthood’s dangerous agenda.
Abortion is a horrible act of violence against a baby in the womb, but those who participate in abortions can change when they are offered forgiveness, love and support.