Imagine the horror and outrage if the remains of over two thousand dead puppies were found on someone’s property. It’s unfathomable. What could possess someone to do such a thing? To puppies!
But this isn’t a story about puppies. It’s about human babies. And so, for some, it’s ho-hum. Because, reproductive rights, you know?
Dr. Ulrich Klopfer performed at least 50,000 abortions during his 40-year medical career, making him one of the Midwest’s most prolific practitioners.
He had clinics in Gary, South Bend and Fort Wayne, Indiana. Klopfer began performing abortions just months after the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling in the 1970’s, and by 1993 was doing 3,500 annually.
But his career began to spiral downwards in the 2000s amidst a flurry of complaints, including that he performed an abortion on a 10-year-old raped by her uncle and failed to notify law enforcement.
After Klopfer’s death last September, 2,246 sets of preserved fetal remains were discovered stacked floor to ceiling in a garage at his home. Another 165 were found in the trunk of a car, at a business where Klopfer kept several vehicles.
Finally, this week, the preserved remains of all these little souls were laid to rest at an Indiana cemetery.
The Chicago Tribune actually wondered aloud if the collection of dead babies was "a hoarding disorder."
Or maybe Klopfer was just frugal: trying to save disposal costs as he racked up legal bills suing and being sued by abortion opponents.
Or maybe he was just the most passionate pro-abortion activist: hoping to torment his enemies from beyond the grave.
Or maybe he was just lonely and tortured by memories of his 4-year-old self in Dresden being bombed by Allied planes during World War II. Klopfer apparently once told an anti-abortion physician, "How is the suffering from the bombing by the Americans in Dresden any different than the suffering of women by unwanted babies?"
So yeah, that makes his grisly collection so much more understandable.
No not really.
Apparently even his wife had no idea he was storing fetal remains in plastic bags.
"The shocking discovery of 2,411 medically preserved fetal remains in Illinois, left in a garage and in the trunk of a car, was horrifying to anyone with normal sensibilities," Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill said at this week’s ceremony at Southlawn Cemetery in South Bend, IN, as the remains were interred.
Because of their poor condition and the unreliable nature of the accompanying medical records, the remains could not be individually identified.
Hill said that while "it would have been preferable" to return the remains to each city where the procedures took place, that wasn't possible. Instead, the site in Indiana was chosen to memorialize them.
RIP, tiny unwanted souls.