At one time, Ulrich Klopfer was known as Indiana’s most prolific abortionist, at least until his license got yanked for failing to report the sexual exploitation of two thirteen-year-old girls. Four years later, Klopfer passed away, but he’s still making news. His grieving family made a grisly discovery at a property owned by Klopfer this week — more than 2200 “fetal remains” that the abortionist kept.
No one is quite sure why:
Police say 2,246 medically preserved fetal remains were found on the property of Ulrich George Klopfer, a late abortion doctor who used to operate a South Bend clinic.
Klopfer died on Sept. 3.
On Sept. 12, the Will County (Illinois) Coroner’s Office received a call from an attorney representing his family. They reported finding fetal remains among Klopfer’s personal property and requested proper removal.
Will County sheriff’s detectives, crime scene investigators and representatives from the coroner’s office went to the address and were directed to an area of the property where 2,246 medically preserved fetal remains were located.
The case reminds one of Kermit Gosnell, the convicted murderer in Philadelphia whose disgusting clinic contained hundreds of preserved fetal parts. Gosnell later claimed he kept them for scientific purposes, but never provided a scientific purpose for which they could be used. The implication in Gosnell’s case was that he was keeping trophies in the same manner as a serial killer.
This looks to be a similar case, at least at first blush. Klopfer had been barred from practicing medicine since the 2015 licensing case, but it’s possible that he could still have conducted research. If so, though, why do it at a remote property without any research or laboratory infrastructure? Why would it have been hidden from his family?
That’s not the only similarity between Klopfer and Gosnell. Here are the list of particulars found by investigators that looked into Klopfer’s operations, as noted by the group Right to Life of St. Joseph County:
After 43 years of performing abortions and numerous complaints filed against Klopfer by consumers, the Department of Health, and advocacy groups, Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office filed complaints with the Indiana Medical Licensing Board, recommending that disciplinary action be taken against Klopfer’s medical license.
At the final hearing regarding this complaint on Thursday, the Board found Klopfer to be guilty of 5 out of the 9 allegations brought before them by the Attorney General’s Office. Among these, Klopfer was accused of the following:
• Failing to timely report–within three days as required by law– abortions performed on 13-year old girls
• Failing to keep up with proper professional and medical competency standards
• Failing to obtain informed and voluntary consent for seven patients at least 18 hours prior to the abortion procedure
• Not having qualified staff on hand to monitor anesthesia
• Submitting over 1,800 Termination of Pregnancy Reports with omissions or errors
Although Klopfer’s ACLU attorney Mary Watts attempted to spin the argument as a trivial matter of semantics on paperwork and documentation, Deputy Attorney General Renee Gallagher led the way for the State in arguing that Klopfer’s incompetencies and neglectful standards of care make him unfit to practice as a physician.
It’s not as bad as Gosnell’s horrors, but it demonstrates the same scofflaw attitude. Now with his trophies far outnumbering those of Gosnell’s, the question now becomes what didn’t investigators discover at that time.
While considering that, spare a kind thought and a prayer for his family. What they must be going through after making this discovery is unimaginable. After that, though, spare a few thoughts and prayers for Klopfer’s many victims, both alive and not.