The Indiana Attorney General’s office ended its investigation last week into the late abortionist Ulrich Klopfer and the gruesome discovery of 2,411 aborted babies’ bodies stored on his property.
Because Klopfer died in 2019, state Attorney General Curtis Hill said no charges can be filed against him.
“This horrific ordeal is exactly why we need strong laws to ensure the dignified disposition of fetal remains,” Hill said in a statement Dec. 30. “We hope the results of our investigation provide much-needed closure to everyone who has been impacted by this gruesome case.”
Hill’s office said Klopfer appeared to act alone when he failed to arrange for the appropriate disposition of patient health records or notify his patients regarding their records from his closed abortion practices. The attorney general said Klopfer also failed to properly dispose of the aborted babies’ bodies, as is required by Indiana law.
In September 2019, authorities found 2,246 preserved remains of aborted babies stored in boxes in the former Indiana abortionist’s garage 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.
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According to the attorney general’s office, the babies’ bodies were found in red medical waste bags inside moldy boxes and old Styrofoam coolers.
“Each remain appeared to have been placed in a small, clear, plastic specimen bag for purposes of being medically preserved in a chemical suspected to be formalin, a formaldehyde derivative,” according to the investigation. “However, many of the bags degraded over time and/or suffered damage, resulting in leakage from the individual bags into the outer bag, box, or cooler.”
The babies are believed to be from abortions that took place between 2000 and 2003 in Klopfer’s three Indiana abortion facilities. All of the abortion facilities have since closed.
A pro-life Republican, Hill said he felt “humbled” to provide a proper burial for the babies last year in South Bend.
Indiana law requires abortion facilities to bury or cremate the remains of aborted babies. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law in 2019.
Then, in March, state lawmakers strengthened regulations for the disposal of aborted babies’ bodies in the wake of the horrific discoveries. They passed a law that requires abortion facilities to inform women who plan to take abortion drugs that their baby’s body will be expelled and they have the right to return their baby’s body to the abortion facility for burial or cremation. It also holds abortion facilities accountable for the proper disposition of aborted babies by increasing documentation and reporting requirements.
The Ohio legislature also passed a law in December requiring the dignified burial or cremation of aborted babies. Last year, U.S. Sen. Mike Braun introduced the Dignity for Aborted Children Act to extend the cremation/burial requirement to all 50 states.