The thousands of fetal remains found at the Chicago, Illinois home of a former abortion doctor last September have been buried in South Bend, Indiana, USA Today reports.
The Will County Sheriff’s Office said last fall that more than 2,000 medically preserved fetal remains were found in the garage of the late Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, who performed tens of thousands of abortions over the course of a 40-year career as the only provider of abortion in three cities: South Bend, Gary and Fort Wayne. The remains were found in his garage and in his vehicles. Klopfer’s medical license had been suspended in 2016 after state regulators found that he kept poor records and his monitoring of patients wasn’t up to standard.
“The shocking discovery… was horrifying to anyone with normal sensibilities,” Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, a conservative anti-abortion Republican, said at the burial ceremony. “Regrettably, there is no shortage of depravity in our world today, including due regard for the most vulnerable among us.”
USA Today notes that Indiana is one of the only states with a law that requires the burial or cremation of fetal remains from abortions.
Serena Dyksen, a 44-year-old mother of two from Elkhart, attended the ceremony because she had been a patient of Klopfer’s after she was raped as a teenager.
“Coming here today was just another layer of the healing process,” Dyksen said. “As post-abortive men and women, sometimes we think we shouldn’t be able to mourn the loss of our children, but it was a loss of life. It doesn’t matter the situation, the age, I still had a mother’s heart.”
“We don’t want to forget what happened," she added. "There are so many hurting women in our community because of this. This is a place for mothers to come to mourn the loss of their children.”
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