A new Indiana report is revealing the details of an abortionist who stored thousands of unborn baby remains among his personal belongings, many “inside molding boxes and old Styrofoam coolers” and others “intermingled with bits of garbage and rodent droppings.”
But don’t expect to hear about it from the major media outlets.
On December 31, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill published a preliminary report on the investigation of abortionist Ulrich “George” Klopfer after his family and authorities found 2,246 “medically-preserved fetal remains and thousands of medical records” in his Illinois garage after his death in September. After searching further, authorities discovered more records – and an additional 165 unborn baby remains in the trunk of his car.
Online, national news outlets NBC and CBS made no mention of the new report in their search bars. ABC and the New York Times published an Associated Press story, but offered no original reporting.
The remains found appeared to be dated from 2000 to 2003, when Klopfer was practicing solely in Indiana. He performed tens of thousands of abortions in the state until his medical license, which he received in 1979, was permanently revoked in 2016 for “poor record keeping, failure to provide appropriate anesthesia to patients, and performing abortions on thirteen year old patients without proper reporting.”
Because of this, the unborn baby remains were transferred to Indiana. The report detailed the attorney general’s “initial findings and progress.”
“[F]ew matters are more important to me than preserving the dignity of human life,” Hill wrote in the report. With these remains, he intended “to provide for a dignified burial” as state law dictates so that they “may finally rest in peace.”
They certainly didn’t rest in peace in Klopfer’s storage.
Because of the “poor condition of the fetal remains and unreliable nature of the accompanying records,” the report read, “it is not possible to make an independent verification of the identities of the individual fetal remains.”
That’s concerning to the mothers who want their unborn identified. At a September news conference filmed by WNDU, one woman recalled visiting Klopfer for an abortion.
“Even after much healing and attending a post-abortive retreat, hearing the news of over 2,000 baby remains on George Klopfer’s property stirred up so many emotions, not only for me but for many women reaching out to me,” she urged. “I feel like I have been violated all over again.”
She planned to take action.
“I’m currently speaking with attorneys in hopes to sue his estate to get DNA testing done to know if my daughter was one of the babies on his property,” she added.
Her baby might have been one of the 2,246 that Illinois authorities discovered “among boxes of personal items, rusting cars, multitudes of soda cans, and other random garbage stacked high to the ceiling.”
“The fetal remains were in various states of decay,” the report read, and “were mostly found inside molding boxes and old Styrofoam coolers containing large red medical waste bags.”
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Klopfer seemed to have tried to preserve them, however.
“It appeared as though each remain had been placed in a small clear plastic specimen bag for purposes of being medically preserved in a chemical suspected to be formalin,” the report added. “However, many of the bags had degraded over time and/or suffered damage, resulting in leakage from the individual bags into the outer bag, box, or cooler.”
They also weren’t recorded properly.
“Various personal health information was written on the front of the individual bags in black marker,” the report clarified. “However, the personal health information written on the individual bags varied greatly, and some of the information written on the individual bags was missing, contained errors, or had eroded over time.”
In the trunk of one of his vehicles, authorities found that the remains were stored in “five plastic bags and one box” and “intermingled with bits of garbage and rodent droppings.”
The authorities continued their search at the Indiana clinics where Klopfer once practiced. According to news reports, Klopfer still checked in on the locations even after he closed the last of his three clinics in the state following his license suspension in 2016. At his old Fort Wayne clinic, “Boxes, garbage, cleaning supplies, clothing, unopened food and drinks, magazines, and other miscellaneous personal items were strewn about.” The basement had “flooded previously” and was marked with “extremely prevalent mold.”
Among other abuses, authorities uncovered “more than 100 boxes of health records” and “some employee records intermingled with garbage, personal items, and medical supplies.”
At Klopfer’s former South Bend clinic, “Boxes, garbage, and debris were stacked from floor to the ceiling in each room.” Health records “intermingled with boxes upon boxes of miscellaneous items including car parts, rotting food, unsterilized used medical instruments, hundreds of empty soda cans and protein shake bottles, various personal items, and medical supplies.”
His closed clinic in Gary was also “extremely cluttered” with things like “hundreds of empty protein shake bottles littering nearly every room on the main level.” The basement “had suffered severe water damage and was infested by rodents.”
In total, the authorities needed four 26-foot trucks to empty the clinics and secure health records from the three locations.
While different, Klopfer’s case resembles the case of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell in some ways. Among other things, Gosnell was convicted in May 2013 for one count of involuntary manslaughter and for the first-degree murder of three babies after a trial which revealed his clinic’s unsanitary conditions.
There’s another similarity: a lack of media coverage. Only after 56 days did all three broadcast networks report on Gosnell.
Stories like these help uncover abortion for what it is – the ending of a life. But, more importantly, they show Americans the unborn for who they are: human persons that are more than just a “clump of cells.” The media must do better.
LifeNews Note: Katie Yoder writes for Town Hall, where this column originally appeared.