When Mark agreed to help his sister-in-law clean out the house after her husband’s death, he did not realize that the task would turn into a horrific experience.
A brother-in-law of the late abortionist Ulrich Klopfer, Mark and his family discovered the remains of thousands of aborted babies stored in moldy boxes and foam containers in the former Indiana abortionist’s garage in 2019, The Journal Gazette reports.
Mark shared the story of their horrific discovery with pro-lifers Saturday at the Northeast Indiana March for Life Prayer Gathering. The report noted that Mark asked that his last name not be used.
Klopfer lived in Illinois but aborted unborn babies in Indiana for decades. He lost his medical license in 2016 for failing to report the rape of a 13-year-old patient and other health violations.
In September 2019, authorities found 2,246 preserved remains of aborted babies stored in boxes in the former Indiana abortionist’s garage. 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.
Mark and his wife, a sister of Klopfer’s widow, were that family.
They are pro-life Christians who felt deeply troubled by what Klopfer was doing, according to the report. When the abortionist died, Mark said he and his family agreed to help his sister-in-law clean out the house. He said Klopfer was a hoarder.
Working in the garage, he said he found the remains of aborted babies inside plastic bags in a box – a memory that continues to haunt him.
Here’s more from the report:
Mark, who lives with his wife in Grand Rapids, Michigan, said his wife’s sister seemed more annoyed than upset by the plastic bags of remains he found. Klopfer performed abortions at now-shuttered clinics in Fort Wayne, South Bend and Gary. His wife told Mark “only 2,200” abortions were performed on women who were “only 12 weeks or less” into their pregnancies.
“Then I realized there were a big disconnect between (her) head and heart,” said Mark, who has volunteered for [pro-life organizations] since the early 1980s, when he and his wife would stand outside Planned Parenthood offices and encourage young women considering abortion to instead have the babies and put them up for adoption.
Mark also told pro-lifers that he lost one of his own children to abortion many years ago. As a teenager, he said he got his girlfriend pregnant, and she decided to abort their baby. Mark said he felt ashamed afterward and began to drink and abuse drugs. When he was 19, however, he said he became a Christian and his life changed.
Mark’s discovery shocked the nation in 2019.
When news of the discovery spread, some of Klopfer’s former patients told news outlets how they were re-traumatized, including one woman who said she was forced to abort her unborn child.
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, who led the investigation, said poor record-keeping and the disintegration of the babies’ bodies made it impossible for each baby to be identified.
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.
Last year, Hill’s office organized a funeral and burial for the babies in South Bend. In December, Hill’s office ended its investigation. No charges were filed against Klopfer because he is dead.
Indiana law requires abortion facilities to bury or cremate the remains of aborted babies.